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The Supreme Court says Boston should have allowed Christian flags on the city’s property

A man holds a flag he describes as “The Christian flag”. Right-wing Proud Boy and Patriot Prayer supporters, “Three-Percenters,” and other far-right armed allies demonstrated in Portland, Oregon’s Justice Center on August 22, 2020.

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Boston violated the Constitution when it refused to fly an explicit Christian flag outside City Hall.

The court unanimously ruled that when the city council had allowed other citizens to use the flagpole to express a series of messages, its rejection of the religious flag violated freedom of expression.

“Boston’s flag-raising program does not express government speech,” Judge Stephen Breyer wrote in a statement from the court, which overturned a lower court’s ruling.

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