Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Christian Flag Case, Is Set to Rule on Line Between Private, Government Speech
(Worthy News) – The Supreme Court is set to rule on a case that could result in wide-ranging implications on the issues of free speech and religious freedom.
Earlier today, the nation’s highest court heard oral arguments in Shurtleff v. City of Boston. The case was born when the city of Boston, Massachusetts, rejected Boston resident Hal Shurtleff’s application to fly a flag outside Boston City Hall because it is described as a “Christian flag.” Shurtleff is accusing the city of violating the First Amendment right of free speech.
In 2017, Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization, Camp Constitution, asked the city for a permit to raise the Christian flag in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17). Between 2005-2017, Boston had permitted the raising of 284 flags by private organizations on a third flagpole outside of city hall. The previously permitted flags had all celebrated other countries, cultures, and causes. The Christian flag was reportedly the only flag the city rejected. [ Source: Christian Headlines (Read More…) ]