Sunday, July 08, 2018

Boston Sued Over Refusal To Allow Christian Flag On Public Flag Pole

A suit was filed last week in Massachusetts federal district court against the city of Boston by Camp Constitution, a non-profit organization whose purposes include enhancing understanding of the United States' Judeo-Christian moral heritage.  The complaint (full text) in Shurtleff v. City of Boston, (D MA, filed 7/6/2018) alleges that it was refused use of a City Hall flagpole that is generally available to organizations to use in connection with cultural, historic or other events.  Camp Constitution sought to fly a Christian flag in connection with its planned event designed to recognize the contributions Boston’s Christian community to the city’s cultural diversity, intellectual capital and economic growth.  The city refused permission under an informal policy that allowed only "non-secular" flags to fly from the pole. The suit contends that this violate's plaintiffs' free speech and equal protection rights as well as the Establishment Clause under both the U.S. and Massachusetts constitutions. Liberty Counsel issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.