A federal judge has rejected the Archdiocese of Washington’s request to force Metro to post its Christmas advertisements, affirming that the transit agency has the right to ban posters featuring a religious-themed scene.
The issue first came up nearly two weeks ago, when the Archdiocese of Washington sought to post advertisements on Metro buses that would tout its “#FindThePerfectGift” campaign, which encourages people to attend Catholic mass or make charitable donations during the holiday season.
She [the judge] said that Metro’s policies banning religious and “issues-oriented” ads — borne out of a desire to prevent inflammatory ads that could incite violence — was reasonable and enforced with fairness.
“Given [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s] concerns about the risks posed by issue-oriented ads, including ads promoting or opposing religion, its decision was reasonable,” Jackson wrote in her ruling. “The regulation is reasonably aligned with WMATA’s duty to provide safe, reliable transportation . . . and it does not violate the First Amendment.”
So, violent people are the reason we can’t say religious things?