It’s a historic day for religious liberty in Boston, Massachusetts as the Christian flag is raised thanks to a unanimous Supreme Court victory.
Hal Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization, Camp Constitution, are finally able to raise the Christian flag on the city flag pole at 11 a.m. Wednesday after wrongfully being denied in 2017.
The ceremony follows a 9-0 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last May in Shurtleff’s favor. Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, and other lawyers that helped defend Shurtleff are in attendance.
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“It’s very rare to have a unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court,” Staver told ToddStarnes.com. “It is even more rare to have one in the context of religion or religious free speech and that’s what we have here.”
Staver said people and organizations that do not like anything about religious free speech have a hard time dealing with this case.
“It’s not 5-4, it’s not 6-3, it’s 9-0,” he said. “A unanimous decision that Boston violated the First Amendment because it discriminated against viewpoints based upon religion.”
Any flag was permissible, Staver pointed out, even this same Christian flag, so long as Shurtleff would deem it to be a secular flag.
“But if he used the word “Christian” for the flag in the application, that was impermissible,” said Staver. “That is unconstitutional, that’s why we got a 9-0 decision.”
In Shurtleff v. City of Boston, Liberty Counsel successfully argued that the city unlawfully denied the Christian flag after approving more than 284 flags from 2005 to 2017 with no denials.