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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects City of Boston’s Censorship of Religious Flag

May 2, 2022

News Release
For Immediate Release: 5.2.22
Contact: Lacey McNiel,
Direct: 972-941-4453

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects City of Boston’s Censorship of Religious Flag
First Liberty Institute filed friend-of-the-court brief in key religious liberty case on behalf of The American Legion.

 Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion rejecting the City of Boston’s claim that allowing a Christian flag to be flown over City Hall was an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.  The following statement may be attributed to Lea Patterson, counsel for First Liberty:

We are grateful that the Justices saw that Boston displayed open religious hostility by denying only one flag – a religious flag – after approving all previous requests.  After approving 284 flag raisings by private organizations, allowing flags of various countries, ethnicities, political positions, and cultural beliefs, it was only when the flag was religious that the City decided to say no.  This was unconstitutional and wrong, as the Supreme Court held today.  The Constitution ensures that all Americans, including the religious, can participate in the public square.

First Liberty Institute submitted a “friend of the court brief” in Shurtleff v. Boston on behalf of The American Legion.

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