Grinch Washington DC Mass Transit Gets Billions In Tax Dollars To Smash Christmas
The Archdiocese of Washington wanted to extend an invitation to commuters to find the perfect Christmas gift by advertising on city buses, but the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) threw up a roadblock.
The advertisement depicted silhouettes of three shepherds walking at night with tall canes and sheep beneath a shining North Star. Emblazoned across the ad is the phrase: "FIND THE PERFECT GIFT."
But the transit authority rejected the ad because it "depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion," according to a federal lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington against the WMATA.
WMATA's revised advertising guidelines prohibit "advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice or belief," the Archdiocese alleges.
"We believe rejection of this ad to be a clear violation of fundamental free speech and a limitation on the exercise of our faith," general counsel Kim Fiorentino said in a statement. "We look forward to presenting our case to affirm the right of all to express such viewpoints in the public square."
And while the Archdiocese of Washington may not be welcome to advertise on public buses, the transit authority is more than happy to promote other enterprises - like gay hookup websites.
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