The City of Boston is taking criticism for banning city hall flag raisings from Christian groups even though the city council has allowed Muslim flags and gay pride flags to be raised.
The City of Boston frequently allows special interest groups and community organizations to hold ceremonial flag raisings over city hall. The groups must apply for permits, of course, but not many are ever really refused… unless they are Christians.
A group called “Camp Constitution” discovered the bias when they applied to have their non-denominational Christian flag raised in the city’s seat of government during Constitution Day. The group applied for permits in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and were denied every time. Meanwhile, city hall has approved the permits or a whopping 248 other organizations, Daily Caller reported.
“The city’s application policy refers to the flagpoles as a ‘public forum’ open to ‘all applicants,”’ Shurtleff said in a statement, “City officials have never denied the ‘messages’ communicated by Boston Pride and the pink and blue ‘transgender’ flag, and even the flags of Communist China and Cuba, but will not allow the civic and historical Christian message of Camp Constitution.
So, what flags did the city council approve?
Naturally the rainbow gay pride flag. Of course.
The council has also approved the flying of the Turkish flag which is nothing but the Muslim moon and star symbol. And Turkey is no Democracy but is, instead, a Muslim theocracy.
The city has exclaimed that its rules are made for “inclusivity.” But Camp Constitution says that this so-called “inclusivity” does not “include” Christians.
“Censoring religious viewpoints in a public forum where secular viewpoints are permitted violates the First Amendment,” said Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said in a statement. “Boston city officials may not ban the Christian flag as part of a privately-sponsored event when they allow any other flag by numerous private organizations. It’s time for the court to stop the city’s unconstitutional censorship,” he added.
Camp Constitution executives are optimistic about “key undisputed facts” that will compel the court in their favor. They say the city changed their parameters about the flags after their application and that the refusal is “content-based” discrimination.
Naturally, the City of Boston has refused to comment.
It’s because they know they are wrong, and they have no legitimate defense of their actions.
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