Major U.S. city coughs up $2 million for trying to kill Christian flag

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

The city of Boston is coughing up $2.1 million to pay for a lost fight over an attempt by city officials to censor the Christian flag.

Officials at Liberty Counsel confirm after five years of litigation, a fight ultimately decided by a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of its client, Hal Shurtleff, that the city has agreed to pay Liberty Counsel $2.125 million for the attorney’s fees and costs.

The Supreme Court ruling said the city’s decision to censor the Christian flag, and only the Christian flag, was unconstitutional religious viewpoint discrimination.

The fight came about because the city had created a “public forum” at its flagpoles in front of city hall.

City officials had approved 284 flag raisings there by private organizations with no rejections.

Then, however, when Hal Shurtleff and his Camp Constitution requested the same permission to fly a Christian flag, in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, city officials censored it.

“The policy stated that the flagpole was open to all applicants, but the city of Boston denied Hal Shurtleff’s application for the sole reason that the application form referred to the flag as a ‘Christian’ flag. Had the application used any other non-religious word, Boston would have granted the request,” Liberty Counsel reported.

After the Supreme Court, in a rare unanimous decision, struck the city’s censorship, the Christian flag flew on the flagpole on August 3.

“We are pleased that after five years of litigation and a unanimous victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, we joined with Hal Shurtleff to finally let freedom fly in Boston, the Cradle of Liberty,” said Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver. “The Christian flag case has established significant precedent, including the overturning of the 1971 ‘Lemon Test,’ which Justice Scalia once described as a ‘ghoul in a late-night horror movie.’ The case of Shurtleff v. City of Boston finally buried this ghoul that haunted the First Amendment for 51 years.”

WND reported the dispute was over the city’s decision to allow one of three flagpoles at city hall to be used by various groups over many years.

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