The City Of Boston is facing a lawsuit over discriminating against a group that was denied permission to fly a flag meant to recognize the civic and social contributions of Christians to the community.
Harold Shurtleff of Camp Constitution, a public charitable trust which describes it’s mission as working to “enhance understanding of our Judeo-Christian moral heritage” filed the suit after the city refused to allow the display of the flag from a City Hall flagpole last year to commemorate an event.
It is another example of the liberal war on Christianity, especially since the city had no qualms about flying the multicolored LGBTQ flag in what has become akin to a religion with the political left, the celebration of Pride Month.
— City of Boston (@CityOfBoston) June 1, 2018
Shurtleff’s lawsuit accuses Boston of violating his constitutional rights by giving the flag a thumbs down as well as being “invidious and hostile, towards religion” which is one of the tenets of modern American liberalism.
According to The Boston Globe, “Boston City Hall flag flap lands in federal court”:
A West Roxbury man has filed suit against the City of Boston, saying the city has violated his constitutional rights by denying his group the opportunity to fly a Christian flag with a cross on it in conjunction with an event on City Hall Plaza.
Harold Shurtleff, the 59-year-old director of Camp Constitution, a public charitable trust, said his group was denied a permit last year to raise a Christian flag on one of City Hall’s flag poles in connection with an event.
According to Shurtleff’s suit, the city denied the request because Boston “maintains a policy and practice of respectfully refraining from flying non-secular flags on City Hall flagpoles.”
In an e-mail to Shurtleff, Gregory Rooney, Boston’s property management commissioner, said “This policy and practice is consistent with well-established First Amendment jurisprudence prohibiting a local government ‘respecting an establishment of religion.’ ”
Shurtleff wanted to raise the flag during an event to commemorate “the civic and social contributions of the Christian community to the City, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, religious tolerance, the Rule of Law, and the US Constitution.”
Additional details via LifeSiteNews, “Boston sued for refusing to fly Christian flag at city hall despite flying LGBT flag”:
Shurtleff’s lawsuit argues that Boston’s policy is “invidious and hostile, towards religion,” and unconstitutionally treats religious and secular flags differently. The complaint also notes that Boston doesn’t apply such restrictions to its own government symbols, noting that the city’s official flag features the city seal, which bears a Latin inscription meaning “God be with us as he was with our fathers.”
Boston was founded by English Puritans, whose religious values led to the creation of both Harvard and Boston Latin School. The Massachusetts Constitution contains multiple references to God, including that it is the “right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe”; and that “the public worship of God and instructions in piety, religion and morality, promote the happiness and prosperity of a people and the security of a republican government.”
“The city’s censoring of Camp Constitution’s Christian Flag is the ultimate insult to the First Amendment and Boston’s rich heritage as a focal point of liberty and free speech at America’s founding,” said Liberty Counsel Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs Roger Gannam, who is representing the group. “The city’s blatant discrimination against Camp Constitution’s Christian viewpoint is now a matter of record that the city can no longer deny. It should be clear to the court after today’s hearing that Boston’s unconstitutional censorship must be undone.”
The city attorneys are trying to have the lawsuit dismissed and are also demanding that the plaintiffs be forced to cough up the money for the city’s defense of the suit.
Considering that Massachusetts is a stronghold of liberalism they’ll probably get what they want which is a sad commentary in a city that has a history rich with American tradition.