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Suing to Protect Religious Speech By: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times | Friday, October 01, 2004

The three Los Angeles County supervisors who voted to remove the cross from the county seal were sued Wednesday by a church and nine people, including 1960s Ramparts magazine editor and radical-turned-conservative David Horowitz.

The lawsuit, filed by four lawyers for The Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and the Individual Rights Foundation, alleges that the decision to replace the seal with a cross-less version before the results of an initiative process were known was an illegal waste of taxpayer funds.

The lawsuit seeks to stop the county from spending any more money to replace the seal and seeks restitution from the supervisors who voted to remove the cross from the seal for wasting taxpayer funds.

The lawsuit also alleges that the supervisors' decision was made under threat of litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, "a group that has systematically sought to remove even historically rooted religious symbols from the public square and thereby manifested hostility toward religion."

"I am very worried that this intimidation by the ACLU of the Board of Supervisors will start a chain reaction around the country of removing the Christian vestiges and the basis of our society, and I say this as a practicing Jew," said nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Dennis Prager, who is promoting the drive to gather 341,000 signatures by March 1 to force the supervisors to call for a special election on whether to keep the original 1957 seal.

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