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SCOTUS Hands Major Victory to Christians, Strikes Major Blow to Angry Atheists

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The city of Boston violated the free speech rights of a Christian group by refusing to include the group’s flag in a third-party flag-raising program, according to a unanimous Supreme Court ruling released Monday.

The flag-raising program was meant to promote diversity and tolerance but, according to Reuters, the city refused to fly bearing the image of a cross submitted by a local Christian group called Camp Constitution.

Prior to Camp Constitution’s submission, all 284 flags submitted to the program were accepted. This included the flags of various foreign countries as well as at least one LGBT Pride flag, according to Reuters.

The city claimed that it could not “publicize messages antithetical to its own” and that opening up the flagpole to “all comers” would eventually force the city to raise flags antithetical to its values.

However, the Supreme Court’s 9-0 ruling Monday overturned that court’s decision.

SCOTUS holds that it violated the free speech clause for Boston to exclude a Christian group’s flag from its third-party flag-raising program where it allowed all other third-party applicants to raise the flag of their choice. https://t.co/GIBay7YIPH pic.twitter.com/0Q1dXBov4U

“Boston granted requests to fly a variety of secular flags, but denied a request to fly a religious flag. As this Court has repeatedly made clear, however, a government does not violate the Establishment Clause merely because it treats religious persons, organizations, and speech equally with secular persons, organizations, and speech in public programs, benefits, facilities, and the like.

“If your policy goal is to lump in religious speech with fighting words and obscenity, if it is to celebrate only a ‘particular’ type of diversity consistent with popular ideology, the First Amendment is not exactly your friend,” Gorsuch wrote.

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