Boston has created a number of public forums on city property for all comers to express their opinions, including a flagpole by city hall.
Flags there have honored a Portuguese-American festival, and one with five blue dots symbolized the “five wounds of Christ when crucified.” Also, private groups have flown flags from Brazil, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Ethiopia, China and Cuba.
A pride flag, a pink transgender flag and POW flags also have been flown.
But when a Christian organization asked to fly a Christian flag – the red cross on blue field in the corner of a white banner – its request was rejected because it’s too religious.
Harold Shurtleff and his Camp Constitution filed a lawsuit against the city and now is asking the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review his case.
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