News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Boston City Hall Banner.png
Alarmy
Boston City Hall.jpg
Alarmy
USA News

Supreme Court to debate whether a Christian Flag should be flown over City Hall in Boston after it was first refused

by Alex Collett

The Supreme Court will debate whether Boston may stop a Christian Flag from flying over City Hall.

For years, the city of Boston rotates dozens of flags on a pole outside City Hall, some flags have celebrated Veterans, LGBTQ pride, paramedics and more, to promote diversity.

However in 2017 when an conservative activist Harold Shurtleff applied to hoist a “Christian Flag” city officials wouldn’t let it fly.

City Hall originally stated: “The blue and white flag, with a red Latin cross in one corner, would violate the long-held principle of separation of church and state.”

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that has united unlikely parties, posing the question: is it religious discrimination if the city of Boston prevents a man from flying a “Christian” flag on a flagpole outside City Hall where other groups have displayed banners of their own?

Harold began pursuing the case after they rejected his application to fly a flag that featured a red cross outside City Hall, even though it had approved 284 straight applications before his arrived.

President Joe Biden and the American Civil Liberties Union have gotten behind Mr Shurtleff.

In an amicus friend of the court brief, the ACLU argued that by opening the flagpole to general use, it had created an open-access public forum where it couldn’t pick and choose certain viewpoints.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate