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U.S. Supreme Court to listen to Boston Christian flag dispute

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to listen to a bunch’s problem to Boston’s rejection of its request to fly a flag bearing the picture of a Christian cross over metropolis corridor in a case involving non secular and free speech rights.

The justices will think about an enchantment by a Christian group known as Camp Constitution of a decrease courtroom ruling in favor of the town, taking over the case 4 days earlier than the beginning of their new nine-month time period.

Camp Constitution is a volunteer group that teaches courses on U.S. historical past and present occasions. It unsuccessfully utilized to boost a flag with a Christian cross on it over metropolis corridor in 2017. It famous that Boston had granted tons of of requests introduced by different non-public teams in search of to boost numerous flags.

The group stated the town’s refusal to grant the request violated the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment assure of freedom of speech. Part of the town’s protection is that elevating the flag may violate one other part of the First Amendment that prohibits authorities endorsement of faith.

Lower courts sided with the town, with the Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals discovering in January that elevating the flag would characterize a type of authorities speech, which supplies the town extra leeway to resolve what speech is allowed.

The metropolis had by no means beforehand denied a request and had beforehand accredited flags of different nations and personal organizations, together with the LGBT satisfaction flag.

The courtroom will hear oral argument early subsequent 12 months, with a ruling due by the top of June.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., U.S. June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno