Supreme Court rejects church challenge to bus ad ban
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington sought to place an ad on public buses.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Catholic church in Washington, D.C., that sought to place religious-themed ads on public buses.

The justices are leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling that found no fault with the Washington transit agency policy that banned all issue-oriented advertisements on the region’s rail and bus system.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington sought to place an ad on the outside of public buses in the fall of 2017. The ad showed the silhouette of three shepherds and sheep accompanied by the text, “Find the Perfect Gift.”

Justice Brett Kavanaugh took no part in the court’s consideration of the case because he served on the three-judge panel that heard arguments at the appeals court where he served before joining the Supreme Court in 2018.

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote a brief separate opinion to assert that the matter would have been different had Kavanaugh been a part of the case. “Because the full Court is unable to hear this case, it makes a poor candidate for our review. But for that complication, however, our intervention and a reversal would be warranted,” Gorsuch wrote, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Republished with permission from the Associated Press.

Associated Press


One comment

  • Cogent Observer

    April 6, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Great result. Those people who wish to speak to and read about imaginary people can do so at home.

    Money that the church would have spent on the advertising is, and did spend on legal fees would have been far better spent to help victims who were subjected to the ravages of child rape by church “leaders” and the cover-up that lasted for decades. All hidden under the dark cloud of “don’t tell anybody–it’s what god wants us to do.”

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