In the city of Boston, any group can book the city council plaza and fly the flag of their cause next to the American flag. That is, apparently, unless the flag is Christian.
Camp Constitution is a group which holds events to bring awareness to the Judeo-Christian values our country was founded on and had applied to fly the Christian flag on the plaza in September, but their application was denied.
The reason? Apparently, the City of Boston does not feel comfortable flying any “non-secular” flag on the plaza.
“The City would be willing to consider a request to fly a non-religious flag, should your organization elect to offer one,” Property Management Commissioner Gregory Rooney told Camp Constitution in an email.
This is entirely unprecedented and unfair, according to the Liberty Council, who stepped in to defend Camp Constitution. They wrote in a letter to the City of Boston that:
“The City’s past and current practice (and permit application) provides that City Hall Plaza flagpoles are available for privately-selected flags to be flown upon request of virtually any private association or activity. The City has never denied a request based upon the viewpoint expressed by the selected flag, until now.”
“Government must treat private religious messages on equal terms and conditions with private non-religion messages,” the letter continued. “Government must treat all persons and groups seeking to use the forum equally, regardless of their viewpoint.”
According to Life Site News, flags that Boston has had no problem with include the LGBT flag (go figure), transgender flags, Chinese Progressive Association flags, National Juneteenth Observance Foundation flags, and the national flags of many other countries, including communist countries.
Just no Christian flags!
It is such a shame this is happening in Boston where there is so much rich Constitutional history. It violates the very principles our country was founded on, including the principles that allow the flags of so many other questionable causes to be flown at the plaza.
“There is a crucial difference between government endorsement of religion and private speech, which government is bound to respect,” said Mat Staver of the Liberty Council, who penned the demand letter. “Private religious speech in a public forum where secular viewpoints are permitted does not violate the Constitution. Censoring religious viewpoints does violate the First Amendment.”
“Government officials cannot just cry ‘Establishment of Religion’ whenever Christians seek access to a public forum,” he continued. “The Free Exercise and the Free Speech Clauses also protect religious expression.”
“Where the city of Boston allows any other flag by numerous other private organizations, it may not ban the Christian flag as part of a privately-sponsored event,” he concluded.
Far too common over the last few decades is the tendency for government to allow free speech and free expression for everyone except Christians. This is not liberty, this is actually cultural Marxism.
As long as anyone is allowed free speech and free expression in this country, everyone should.
It is ironic of course that Camp Constitution is at the center of this, as they are working to remind people that it is our nation’s Christian heritage that first sparked the idea of these kinds of liberties. And whether or not they realize it, the city of Boston is riding on the back of these ideas by allowing LGBT and communist flags to fly next to the Stars and Stripes.
Whatever the case may be, this nation has been turning its back on God for years, and it is time for us to start recognizing and glorifying Him again before it is too late.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (1 Chronicles 7:14)