Via email from hate group leader Mat Staver:
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Liberty Counsel’s cert petition and will hear the case regarding the censorship of the Christian flag in Boston. The High Court will likely hear oral argument early next year with a decision expected by June 2022.
Although the city of Boston created a public forum for private speakers to temporarily raise a flag on one of its poles and never censored any of the prior 284 applications, it censored the Camp Constitution’s flag during its Constitution Day event because the application referred to it as a “Christian flag.” Camp Constitution wanted to highlight the Christian Founders during the Constitution Day event.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the city of Boston finding that the flags were government speech. The Court wrongly accepted the city’s argument that the Establishment Clause justified its censorship. However, (1) the application form designates the flag pole as a “public forum” open for private speech; (2) the city never censored a flag in the 12 years prior to Camp Constitution’s application; (3) the city approved 39 flags (averaging over three per month) in the year prior to Camp Constitution’s application.
BREAKING: Americans United Urges Supreme Court To Protect Religious Freedom By Affirming That Boston Is Not Required To Fly The Christian Flaghttps://t.co/B92fiphuKe#separationofchurchandstate #religiousfreedom #SCOTUS #ShurtleffvsBoston
— Americans United (@americansunited) September 30, 2021
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 30, 2021
In a First Amendment case, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a dispute sparked by the refusal of the City of Boston, Massachusetts, to allow a faith-based civic organization to display the Christian flag on one of the City’s flagpoles for an event.https://t.co/KpBb3HeoB4
— The Daily Citizen (@FocusCitizen) September 30, 2021