Skip to comments.Supreme Court says Boston was wrong to refuse Christian flag
Posted on 05/02/2022 7:15:58 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that the city of Boston violated the Constitution when it refused to let a local organization fly a Christian flag in front of city hall.
While the case had religious overtones, the decision was fundamentally about free speech rights. The court said the city created a public forum, open to call comers, when it allowed organizations to use a flagpole in front of City Hall for commemorative events.
Denying the same treatment for the Christian flag was a violation of free expression, the court said.
The ruling was a victory for a group called Camp Constitution, which says part of its mission is “to enhance understanding of the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.” The group wanted to raise a flag bearing a Latin cross during a one-hour event that would include speeches about Boston’s history from local clergy.
Its founder, Harold Shurtleff, applied to use one of three flagpoles in front of city hall. Two of them are for the flags of the United States and the State of Massachusetts. The city makes the third available to private organizations that conduct commemorations in the plaza in front of the building to celebrate the community’s diversity.
He sued after the city turned him down. Boston said the choice of flags on the third pole was an expression of the city’s views. Flying the Christian flag would amount to an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion, the city said.
But the Supreme Court said the city could not censor a religious message in what amounted to a kind of public form. Allowing the Christian flag to fly would not be an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion because it would merely treat religious and non-religious views the same, the court said.
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Pretty good. We’ll take every win.
i.e. they were acting as bigots.
Boston has woke mayors. The people who vote them in also vote for drunken philanderers who kill people.
It was unanimous? Even wise Latina type justices ruled for free speech of a religious message????? Wow.
So who is going to jail?
OK, but what is a Christian Flag?
Justice Roberts throws a bone to the right.
Maybe it was a flag with a Christian cross on it?
Will Antifa be next?
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag And to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands One Savior crucified, risen and coming again With Life and Liberty for all who believe.
That was my question. I’ve been a Christian since childhood and never knew we apparently have a flag.
IF they let any religious group fly the flag then they have to let every group fly it. I believe that Boston had already flown other flags with religious imagery.
BREYER, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which R OBERTS, C. J., and SOTOMAYOR, KAGAN, KAVANAUGH, and BARRETT, JJ., joined. KA- VANAUGH , J., filed a concurring opinion. ALITO, J., filed an opinion con- curring in the judgment, in which THOMAS and GORSUCH , JJ., joined. GORSUCH, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which THOMAS, J., joined.
I always thought that was the Lutheran flag since it was in our church. Learn something new everyday.
Good win and maybe a straw in the wind for the coach trying to pray with his team.
Christianity has a flag?
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