The Archdiocese of Washington attempted to place advertisements in the city's transportation system (including the subway and buses) for its findtheperfectgift.org site. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority refused the paid ads because they are too (gasp!) "religious"! Obviously WMATA has forgotten that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Of course it has "religious" significance, far beyond any commercial meaning.
The Archdiocese is filing suit against WMATA and I pray they prevail. No one is asking WMATA to promote any religion as the advertisements will be paid by the Archdiocese. It is unconstitutional to refuse speech because it is religious in nature. Because WMATA is publicly subsidized, it is subject to constitutional scrutiny and constraints.
Again, let's pray that the Archdiocese prevails.
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