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The Christian Flag Raised at Revere City Hall

  This past April, the Christian flag was raised in Boston’s City Hall Plaza at the flagpole area when a lawsuit was filed against the City of Boston barring a group headed by Hal Shurtleff of Camp Constitution in New Hampshire and other Christian groups. It went all the way up to the US Supreme Court and, by a 9-0 vote, it forced the city to allow the flag to be raised at the flagpole site and was attended by a large crowd of supporters. I attended this ceremony because we are living in troubled times. Everyone is getting pitted against the other. We have lost many of our values that created this democratic republic of ours. We have lost respect for our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We have lost respect for our founding fathers. We have lost respect for our American flag. In a few years’ time, we will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of our nation; how will we celebrate it? I know how we celebrated the Bicentennial when I was still 20-something. We were proud to be Americans like Lee Greenwood sings. We respected our past and knew we weren’t perfect. Today, we seem eager to throw away our historical past and its founders who sacrificed all to make our liberty possible.

  Getting back to earlier this month when the Camp Constitution group was allowed to raise their Christian flag again on the flagpole outside Revere City Hall where another sizable crowd showed up again for the ceremony. Speaking at this flag raising ceremony was Shurtleff, along with a number of speakers, including Rev. Timothy Borgertman from the First Congregational Church of Revere.

  The Christian flag was first conceived on September 26, 1897, at Brighton Chapel on Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY. The superintendent of a Sunday school, Charles C. Overton, gave an impromptu lecture to the students assembled after the scheduled speaker failed to show up. One thing led to another and shazam a Christian flag was born.

  Nowadays in our public schools, too many school systems make standing for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag optional. One time doing so wasn’t even a student choice. No wonder we have so many young people who don’t know the first thing about our country and the work and sacrifice taken to make it so.

  For those who think our flag isn’t good enough to stand for, look around the world at countries that permit little if any freedom to its citizenry. We aren’t a perfect place yet and may never be but at least we have our personal freedom to do as we wish. Just look around this world of ours and try picking a country better than ours. I haven’t found one yet.

  I say God Bless the USA from the Atlantic to the Pacific (even California)!

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