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Ridgewood NJ, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday Boston violated the free speech rights of a Christian group by refusing to fly a flag bearing the image of a cross at City Hall as part of a program that let private groups use the flagpole while holding events in the plaza below .
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Boston’s flag-raising program was aimed at promoting diversity and tolerance among the city’s different communities. However Boston claimed that raising the cross flag could appear to violate another part of the First Amendment that bars governmental endorsement of a particular religion. The U.S. Supreme Court 9-0 decision, authored by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer put that to rest.
The Village Council adeptly avoided this situation after a flag pole was donated to the Village to fly the “Pride” flag allowing Ridgewood to avoid this very issue . While the usual suspects including some idiot from the “Bergen Record” called everyone in the Village bigots and homophobes who didn’t embrace the “Pride “Flag , the more thoughtful residents won the day raising concerns over the potential slippery slope, asking what if someone wants to put up a Nazi flag or some other hate-filled symbol lie the Hammer and Sickle ? Fortunately calmer heads prevailed and no Supreme Court beat down for the Village.