Shurtleff case will affect everyone

Shurtleff case will affect everyone

Shurtleff case will affect everyone

Christians have scheduled events for today and tomorrow outside the U.S. Supreme Court building as justices hear arguments in a case involving the Christian flag.

A prayer vigil and time of worship is planned for tonight at 7:00 local time, and a rally is scheduled for Tuesday. All the events coincide with Tuesday's oral arguments in Shurtleff vs. City of Boston.

At issue is whether Boston violated the First Amendment by censoring a private flag in a public forum open to "all applicants" merely because the application referred to it as a "Christian" flag.

The application was filed by Hal Shurtleff and Camp Constitution, who wanted to fly the flag on Boston's public flagpole in observance of Constitution Day and in recognition of the nation's Judeo-Christian heritage and Christian founders like John Adams and Samuel Adams. Both were residents of Massachusetts.

"This case will affect everyone," notes Liberty Counsel in a press release. "If Boston can open a public forum for all applicants but then close the forum to disfavored viewpoints, then every government will be able to censor viewpoints under the guise that every private speaker in the forum was engaging in government speech."

The prayer vigil will be livestreamed on Liberty Counsel's Facebook page.