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The Christian flag, Boston City HallCraig F. Walker

BOSTON, Massachusetts (LifeSiteNews) – Activists raised a Christian flag over Boston City Hall on Wednesday, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling in May that affirmed their right to do so.

A unanimous Court first ruled in May in Shurtleff v. Boston, that the city violated the rights of Christian activists when it denied them permission to fly a Christian flag, despite allowing other groups to raise banners in support of different beliefs and countries.

The battle over the flag went back to 2017, Hal Shurtleff, the founder of Camp Constitution, said at the flag raising event, August 3. “I do want to give the glory to God,” Shurtleff said, while thanking others who had supported him in his fight with the city.

“We have a great Constitution, and we have a wonderful First Amendment. But just like when it comes to muscles, it you don’t use it, you get weak,” Shurtleff said. “When I got the rejection email from the city, and it said separation for church and state, I knew we had a case.”

“God’s hand was in this from the beginning,” said Shurtleff as the flag was raised above the Boston square.

Since 2005, there were 284 different applications approved to raise different flags, according to Liberty Counsel. The city even allowed a flag for the Communist People’s Republic of China to fly.

“The only reason why Camp Constitution’s request to fly this flag was denied was not because of the flag itself. It was Hal Shurtleff’s view of that flag,” Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver stated in a news release about the event. Liberty Counsel represented Shurtleff and Camp Constitution.

“It was because of one word in the application—the word ‘Christian’ that preceded the word ‘flag.’ He was told by the city official that if he changed the name of the flag to a nonreligious name on the application, that flag could have flown in 2017—if Hal would have lied and called it the Camp Constitution flag. This is not the Camp Constitution flag. It is the Christian flag,” Staver wrote in the news release.