Shurtleff v. City of Boston (U.S.C.A. 1st Circuit, 2019)

Separation of Church & State

1st Circuit Court of Appeals ,

Separation of Church & State

At issue in this case is the constitutionality of a decision by the City of Boston to reject a request by some residents to raise the Christian flag in front of City Hall, next to the American flag and the Massachusetts state flag. ADL joined an amicus brief filed by a diverse group of religious and civil rights organizations urging the First Circuit to affirm the District Court’s ruling in favor of the City. In addition to explaining why the raising of the Christian flag outside of City Hall would violate the Establishment Clause, the brief provides an in depth discussion on how and why the drafters of the First Amendment effected a separation of government and religion as the means to ensure enduring religious freedom, which in light of our nation becoming increasingly pluralistic, is more crucial than ever.