Appeals court hears 'Christian flag' case

Thursday, May 9, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Christian flagDid the City of Boston discriminate when it refused to fly the Christian flag on a city-owned flag pole?

That is the question before a federal court of appeals after oral arguments May 8 in the case Shurtleff v Boston.

Hal Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization, Camp Constitution, planned to hold an event at City Hall Plaza and raise the Christian flag on a flag pole where numerous other flags have flown over the years. 

But the city refused.

"The Christian flag was denied because of its religious nature," says attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, the organization arguing on behalf of Shurtleff.

Staver

Yet the attorney tells OneNewsNow the so-called “Bunker Hill” flag that is similar to the Christian flag has flown above Boston, and so has the flag of Turkey, which includes the Islamic star and crescent.

"There's other flags as well that have religious words and symbols, but they're not called ‘Christian’ flags,” he says. “And there is also the LGBT and transgender flag.”

If Shurtleff had called it the Camp Constitution flag, or even hoisted the Bunker Hill flag, Staver predicts that would have been permitted.

"But because of the word ‘Christian’ it was censored," he alleges, and that example of religious discrimination cannot go unchallenged, he adds.

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