Not long after al Qaeda terrorists flew commercial jets into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Northern Virginia, Major League Baseball teams started playing “God Bless America” in the seventh inning of their games.
Many of these games were played in stadiums owned by local governments.
Did that establish a religion?
In Boston, the municipal government concluded that allowing a private group — Camp Constitution — to temporarily lift its Christian flag on a city-owned flagpole would suggest that the city was establishing a religion — and, thus, violating the First Amendment.
On the same flagpole, however, Boston itself raised the flag of the People’s Republic of China.
China, of course, is a communist, atheist regime.
Camp Constitution, by contrast, as noted in a brief it submitted to the Supreme Court, “is an all-volunteer association formed in 2009, offering classes and workshops on subjects such as U.S. History, the U.S. Constitution, and current events.”
“Camp Constitution’s mission,” it said in its brief, “is to enhance understanding of the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage, the American heritage of courage and ingenuity, the genius of the United States Constitution, and free enterprise.”
The case that Camp Constitution and its founder, Harold Shurtleff, brought against Boston