Christian Flag Flies Over Boston City Hall After Supreme Court Ruling

The Christian flag flew above Boston’s City Hall briefly on Wednesday, with supporters joining in celebration and songs of praise.
The flag-raising comes after a Supreme Court ruled in favor of the move earlier this year.

“I do want to give the glory to God because God’s hand was in this from the very beginning,” conservative activist Harold Shurtleff, whose organization Camp Constitution was involved in the case, said at 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 added.

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.”