Boston to Pay $2.1M for Refusing to Fly Christian Flag

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    The Facts

    • After five years of litigation and a Supreme Court ruling, the city of Boston, Mass. agreed to pay $2.1M to Boston resident Hal Shurtleff's Christian group Camp Constitution. The city previously refused to fly the flag in City Hall despite displaying other flags expressing various messages throughout the years.

    • The SCOTUS decision comes after Camp Constitution first requested to fly its Christian flag — which is white, with a red cross on a blue background in the upper left corner — on one of three poles at City Hall Plaza to celebrate Constitution Day in 2017.

    The Spin

    Right narrative

    This was a big win for Camp Constitution and religious liberty, which for too long has been denied using the establishment clause. Certainly a Christian flag has as much right to be flown as the Pride flag or any other symbol Boston has approved over the years. The hypocritical, woke agenda has been exposed, and from now on Boston's anti-religion efforts should receive more scrutiny.

    Left narrative

    The Constitution says the government “shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.” Allowing a religious flag to fly over a government building would clearly violate this. SCOTUS's decision and this settlement set a dangerous precedent for weakening church-state separation, as well as allowing – at least hypothetically – more nefarious symbols to be displayed on public property in the future.

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