Federal Court Allows Continuation of Lawsuit to Require City of Boston to Fly Christian Flag

"At issue is the city’s practice of allowing third-party groups to request that their flag temporarily fly on a flag pole alongside the American and Massachusetts state flags outside Boston’s City Hall. The requests are typically made in conjunction with an organization’s event on city property . . . the city’s Mayor, citing concerns of church-state separation, refused a request from . . .  a Christian organization seeking to mark its celebration of Constitution Day in the city by hoisting the Christian flag." - BJC Online

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Bert Perry's picture

Aaron Blumer wrote:

Why is that even a thing?

It's not like Christians have readily recognized symbols already like a "cross".  Why wouldn't we need a flag, too?  :^)

One of my big pet peeves with AWANA is all those pledges and the prominent display of the U.S. flag.  Love my country as much as anyone, but don't terribly feel the need to pledge allegiance to that which is not central, like the flag or the AWANA flag.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

TylerR's picture

Editor

In our AWANA we dropped the pledge to the American flag, and do one to the Christian flag.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

TylerR's picture

Editor

I know the flag has ecumenical roots. But, I found it to be a neat teaching tool for the kids, and it stands for something. It doesn't have to be an ecumenical symbol. It works well as a teaching tool. 

  • Red cross = Jesus' substitutionary, sacrificial death (passive obedience)
  • White background = Jesus holy life on our behalf (active obedience)
  • Blue = baptism, which pictures the new birth and entrance into God's family and citizenship in His coming kingdom

It's worked well for me. I bought one for the platform at church last year. I've moved the American flag from the platform several times, but someone keeps putting it back mysteriously. I've settled for lowering the American flag below the level of the Christian flag, and I'm content with that stalemate for now. Apparently, so is my mysterious adversary ...

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Rob Fall's picture

There is precedence for your action. The church pennant flies above the national colors during divine services.

TylerR wrote:
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I've settled for lowering the American flag below the level of the Christian flag, and I'm content with that stalemate for now. SNIP

Hoping to shed more light than heat..