Shurtleff v. City of Boston (2021)

FFRF filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the City of Boston on December 21, 2021. The issue in this case was whether or not it was unlawful for the City of Boston to refuse the organization Camp Constitution’s application for a Christian Flag to be flown at City Hall. The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that flags displayed on a government flagpole constitute government speech and therefore displaying the Christian flag or any religious flag on a city hall flagpole could constitute impermissible endorsement of religion. FFRF previously joined an amicus brief filed with the 1st Circuit.

FFRF’s brief argued that Boston’s flagpole is a nonpublic forum subject to reasonable restrictions and that Boston’s concern of not wanting to give the appearance of endorsement was a reasonable justification for not approving the display of religious flags on a government flagpole.

FFRF was joined by the Center For Inquiry on this brief.


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