Satanic Temple urges Boston to fly flag after court ruling


The Salem-based group wants to raise a flag to mark Satanic Appreciation Week in July.

BOSTON (AP) — The Satanic Temple is asking to fly a flag over Boston City Hall after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the city violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist seeking to fly a Christian flag outside the downtown complex.

The Salem-based group tweeted a copy of its request on Tuesday to raise a flag to mark Satanic Appreciation Week July 23-29.

The application filed online with the city’s property management department provides no details on what the flag would look like or what the week-long celebration entails.

Spokespersons for the Satanic Temple did not respond to an email seeking comment on Wednesday. The group has filed religious freedom challenges across the country, including a recent federal lawsuit arguing that the Boston City Council’s traditional opening prayer at its public meetings is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Mayor Michelle Wu’s office declined to comment on the group’s request, except to say it was reviewing the High Court’s decision while assessing its flag-raising program.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that Boston discriminated against activist Harold Shurtleff because of his “religious viewpoint,” even though it has routinely approved other flag-raising requests.

In 2017, Shurtleff and his Camp Constitution wanted to fly a white banner with a red cross on a blue background called the Christian Flag to mark Constitution Day on September 17.


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