Preliminary Injunction on Behalf of Christian Flag Controversy Denied

In a ruling against Hal Shurtleff and Camp Constitution U.S. District Judge Denise Casper stated:

“Certainly, an event to ‘raise the Christian flag’ could serve some of plaintiffs’ cited secular purposes, such as the celebration of religious freedom in Boston and the contributions of Boston’s Christian residents to the city,” the ruling states. “However, its primary purpose would be to convey government endorsement of a particular religion by displaying the Christian flag alongside that of the United States and the commonwealth in front of City Hall. Blowing in the wind, these side-by-side flags could quite literally become entangled. If plaintiffs were not seeking government endorsement, then Plaintiffs would presumably be content to raise their own flag on their own in the same location as has been suggested.”

We shall see if this ruling stands, however, a logical conclusion to the opinion expressed by this Judge is that …

  • The City of Boston officially endorses LGBT since it raised a rainbow flag for LGBT “pride” on June 1, 2018
  • The City of Boston officially endorses Transgender since it raised a blue, pink and white transgender flag on May 2, 2016.
    Mayor Marty Walsh even tweeted “Proud to fly the over Boston City Hall for the 1st time in MA history – a sign that everyone is welcome.”

Apparently, everyone is welcome in Boston except Christians. The primary purpose of flying the flag being to convey government endorsement means that Christians are at best tolerated while those advocating behaviors traditionally considered deviant and perverse are in fact endorsed. Make of that what you will.