A couple of residents of New Mexico have recently filed a federal lawsuit seeking the removal of three crosses depicted on the official emblem of the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Las Cruces is Spanish for “The Crosses.” The residents allege in their (silly) complaint that the emblem violates the First Amendment by placing religious symbols on public property and spending public money to promote religion, and that it violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by requiring prospective employees to sign job applications that include a religious symbol.
City and state officials, including New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, disagree. City officials there have vowed to contest the suit vigorously.
The seal of the City of St. Louis features a steamboat; St. Louis county’s, a farm implement. Still, if the Las Cruces crosses are in jeopardy, is it inconceivable that our “Saints” might be the next target? Maybe, Charlie Dooley and I should call the mayors of Francisco, Paul, Petersburg, and Antonio . . .