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Boston Banned a Christian Flag but Raised Anonther; a Communist One!

Terence P. Jeffrey on

Not long after al Qaeda terrorists flew commercial jets into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Northern Virginia, Major League Baseball teams started playing "God Bless America" in the seventh inning of their games.

Many of these games were played in stadiums owned by local governments.

Did that establish a religion?

In Boston, the municipal government concluded that allowing a private group -- Camp Constitution -- to temporarily lift its Christian flag on a city-owned flagpole would suggest that the city was establishing a religion -- and, thus, violating the First Amendment.

On the same flagpole, however, Boston itself raised the flag of the People's Republic of China.

China, of course, is a communist, atheist regime.


Camp Constitution, by contrast, as noted in a brief it submitted to the Supreme Court, "is an all-volunteer association formed in 2009, offering classes and workshops on subjects such as U.S. History, the U.S. Constitution, and current events."

"Camp Constitution's mission," it said in its brief, "is to enhance understanding of the country's Judeo-Christian heritage, the American heritage of courage and ingenuity, the genius of the United States Constitution, and free enterprise."

The case that Camp Constitution and its founder, Harold Shurtleff, brought against Boston for denying this organization the opportunity to fly its flag on the same pole where the People's Republic of China's flag had flown went all the way to the Supreme Court. Last month, the court correctly ruled in favor of Camp Constitution and against Boston.

In front of the Boston City Hall there are three flag poles. One, the group's brief explains, flies the American flag and the flag of the National League of POW/MIA Families; another flies the Massachusetts flag; and the third usually flies Boston's municipal flag.


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