News From Boston
I thought this minor news story was rather telling of our current predicament:
The case surrounds a 2017 incident in which Harold Shurtleff, the director of an organization called Camp Constitution, asked to hold an event at the City Hall Plaza to celebrate the civic and social contributions of the Christian community. As part of the ceremony, Shurtleff asked the city if the group could raise the Christian flag —Boston’s Property Management Department commissioner denied the request, citing concerns that flying a religious flag at City Hall would violate the Establishment Clause and would constitute a government endorsement of religion. The city told Shurtleff the group could still hold their event at the plaza but could not raise their flag, to which Shurtleff responded by suing the city, alleging a violation of the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause.
For context, the city has three flagpoles outside of Boston City Hall; usually, the city flies the America flag, the flag of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the city’s own flag from the third pole. The Court noted in its decision that for years, the city allowed groups to hold ceremonies at the plaza “during which participants may hoist a flag of their choosing on the third pole in place of the city’s flag.” Between 2005 and 2017, Boston approved the raising of roughly 50 flags for 284 ceremonies, including flags for other countries and the Pride Flag. The city had never rejected a flag-raising application until Shurtleff’s request to raise the Christian Flag.
Breyer wrote that because City Hall Plaza is available to the public for events, the plaza is a “public forum.” Additionally, he said the city’s overall practice of approving all flag-raising events besides Shurtleff’s “is the most salient feature of this case.”
The City of Boston did not hesitate to raise other flags—Such as the BLM flag, the Everyone But White People Flag, and even foreign nations’ flags. But they wouldn’t let the Christian flag be raised.
This, in a historically Christian protestant nation. Even further, it occurred within the cradle of that protestant excursion, the Northeast.
We do not honor or celebrate our history or our spirituality. Instead, our “leaders” actively attack it.
It took going all the way up to the Supreme Court just to force the City of Boston to accept raising the Christian flag. The flag that is the basis of the religious identity of the historic American nation from which they derived. Our heritage. Something beautiful to hold on to, even on its own.
Even now, given how the majority opinion is worded, Boston is likely just going to change their own code of laws to prevent it. Similar to how San Jose determines who can raise a flag:
The City of San Jose, California, for example, provides in writing that its “‘flagpoles are not intended to serve as a forum for free expression by the public,’” and lists approved flags that may be flown “‘as an expression of the City’s official sentiments,’” he wrote, adding that nothing prevents Boston from changing its policy going forward.
We have a lot of deep-rooted issues at our core with regard to our degeneration. The abandonment of our moral and spiritual foundation is certainly one of them.
While the SC ruled appropriately, it’s still asinine it even had to go to them originally. But, what else can you expect in clown world?
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