According to a report on utsandiego.com the California State Parks Department will be pulling the plug on the city of Encinitas' request have the "Surfing Madonna" placed at the entrance of Moonlight Beach. The State Parks system has turned the request down because it would "give the appearance of government favoring one religion over another." Despite the bad news, the city of Encinitas vows to find a suitable location for the piece of art with a surfing Madonna and text that reads Save The Ocean. Read more below…
As reported on utsandiego.com:
ENCINITAS — A plan to place the Surfing Madonna mosaic at the entrance to Moonlight Beach has been wiped out. The State Parks Department will deny a request from the city of Encinitas to display on a patch of land at the entrance to Moonlight Beach Park the famous stained-glass mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard.
The state owns the park but leases it to the city long term. In a meeting Thursday, officials from state parks informed Encinitas its request would be rejected largely on constitutional grounds.
Clay Phillips, the superintendent for San Diego state parks, said the agency received an opinion from the state Attorney General's office last week that "clearly stated" that placing the Surfing Madonna on public land would violate the no-preference clause in the California Constitution. Essentially, the clause says displaying the piece at Moonlight Beach would give the appearance of government favoring one religion over another.
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