The Christian flag was hoisted over Boston City Hall for a brief period of time on Wednesday, as supporters joined in the celebration with a number of songs of praise.
So, what exactly, was being celebrated? The flag-raising actually is the result of a Supreme Court ruling that was handed down earlier this year.
“I do want to give the glory to God because God’s hand was in this from the very beginning,” Harold Shurtleff, whose organization Camp Constitution was involved in the case, went on to say during the flag-raising ceremony.
“We have a great Constitution and a wonderful First Amendment, but just like when it comes to muscle, if you don’t use it, then you get weak. When I got the rejection email from the city and it said ‘separation of church and state,’ I knew we had a case,” he continued.
You see, some folks might be having a problem with the idea that the Christian flag would be put up over city hall, thinking that this would be a violation of the separation of church and state.
However, if you actually read the Constitution, you will not find that concept in there anywhere. So where does it come from?
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It comes from a letter written by our third president, Thomas Jefferson, who wrote it in a letter to the Danbury Baptists. What the principle actually refers to is the adoption of an official Christian denomination by the federal government. We’ve taken it to mean that the federal government should not have anything at all to do with religion, which is absolutely wrong.
The separation of church and state was to keep the state out of the church, not the church out of the state.
Also, state and local governments were allowed to choose an official Christian denomination if they wanted to. Just look at most state constitutions and you’ll find it there for yourself.
A report from the Daily Wire said, “Shurtleff and other supporters celebrated the moment, but the city of Boston is working on a new policy that could soon give the local government more power in deciding which flags are approved at City Hall. The Boston Herald reported Tuesday that the city expects to propose a change to its flag policies following the Supreme Court case.
“CBS News Boston reported that the proposal would push for any group that wants to fly a flag on City Hall Plaza will ‘now need either a proclamation from the mayor or a resolution from the council,'” the report continued.
However, this does not seem to be a settled matter, despite the fact the Supreme Court handed down a 9-0 decision back in May that was in favor of flying the flag over City Hall.
“We conclude that, on balance, Boston did not make the raising and flying of private groups’ flags a form of government speech. That means, in turn, that Boston’s refusal to let Shurtleff and Camp Constitution raise their flag based on its religious viewpoint ‘abridg[ed]’ their ‘freedom of speech,’” Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer stated in the court’s opinion that he penned.
The origin of the case comes from an incident that took place in 2017 where Camp Constitution had its request to raise the Christian flag outside Boston City Hall denied.
The application came after the city’s custom of allowing groups to use one of three flag poles belonging to the city to fly an event, organization, or movement-specific flag for certain occasions.
In other words, lots of other flags were allowed to be flown, but since this one was Christian and the request came from a group that holds the Constitution and our rights that it protects to be precious, that request was turned down.
“Between 2005 to 2017, the city flew about 50 different flags for nearly 300 activities and celebrations. Previously approved flags included those from communist governments such as China and Cuba and an LGBT-related pride flag,” the Daily Wire reported.
Not long after the court’s ruling on the matter, the Satanic Temple came forward about its official request in a post that was made on Twitter as part of, and I kid you not, “Satanic Appreciation Week,” back in May.
“Religious Liberty is a bedrock principle in a democracy, and Religious Liberty is dependent upon government viewpoint neutrality,” Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, revealed in a statement shared in May.
“When public officials are allowed to preference certain religious viewpoints over others, we do not have Religious Liberty, we have theocracy,” he stated.
It’s the opinion of the writer that every nation is a theocracy. That is not something up for debate. The true question is which god’s law is ruling the nation. The law of a holy, just God, or the laws of man who seeks to make himself a god?
Just something to ponder.