This situation couldn’t be a better picture of the state of our nation.
The unique, unprecedented earthly liberty we enjoy in the United States is owed entirely to its philosophical foundations in the Scripture, and yet, in a city rich with the history of our nation’s establishment, the government is afraid to fly the Christian flag while perfectly happy to fly the LGBT flag.
The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves.
Life Site News reports:
A 59-year-old Boston man is challenging the city’s refusal to fly a Christian flag over city hall to recognize Christianity’s historical contributions to both Boston and the state of Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports.
Camp Constitution is a charitable trust dedicated to promoting “understanding of our Judeo-Christian moral heritage, our American heritage of courage and ingenuity, including the genius of our United States Constitution, and the application of free enterprise” through a variety of discussions, activities, and events.
Last year its director, Harold Shurtleff, wanted to fly a Christian flag with a red cross on a blue background, with white on three sides, at the city hall to commemorate “the civic and social contributions of the Christian community to the City, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, religious tolerance, the Rule of Law, and the US Constitution.”
But the city denied him a permit on the grounds that it “maintains a policy and practice of respectfully refraining from flying non-secular flags on City Hall flagpoles,” and said it would consider a request to fly a non-religious flag instead.
“This policy and practice is consistent with well-established First Amendment jurisprudence prohibiting a local government ‘respecting an establishment of religion,’” Boston property management commissioner Gregory Rooney told Shurtleff in an email. “This policy and practice is also consistent with City’s legal authority to choose how a limited government resource, like the City Hall flagpoles, is used.”
That’s not how the First Amendment works, folks.
The First Amendment, which reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” forbids the government from regulating the way religion is established or practiced.
Not only is this city official seriously mistaken about the First Amendment, he’s actually arguably violating it himself by denying the people of Boston the right to use their flag pole as they see fit.
He’s also seriously mistaken about the nature of the LGBT movement. Because they deny the teachings of the Scripture, people usually assume LGBT activists are totally free of religion or ideology.
Far from it.
Pro-LGBT philosophy is highly ideological and religious, and one need only look at the sad state of our nation and our culture to see this in action. It has its own intricate set of rules and “anathema”, and they have no problem subjecting everyone else to their legalism and doctrine of political correctness and “inclusiveness.”
The City of Boston is not being fair, they are choosing which ideology to respect and that is the opposite of Constitutional.
Let’s pray that God is glorified and the First Amendment properly understood and restored in the process of this court case.