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-Christmas Ad Rejected Because It’s ‘Religious’?

by Dr. D ~ November 29th, 2017

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The DC Metro Transit Authority rejected the Christmas ad above because it promotes Religion. Really? According to the Transit Authority’s legal counsel the ad  "depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion."  From The Blaze:

The Archdiocese of Washington filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday after the D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rejected a diocese Christmas ad depicting shepherds and sheep under a starry night sky, the diocese said in a news release.

The reason for the ad rejection?

It “depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion,” …

“Our ad was designed to be placed on metro bus exteriors to reach the broadest audience and to invite everyone to experience the well-accepted joyful spirit of the season, or to share their many blessings with others less fortunate through service opportunities,” Susan Timoney, secretary for pastoral ministry and social concerns for the archdiocese, said.

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Response: So a generic scene taken from the Christmas story is too ‘religious’ and promotes religion? Obviously a Nativity and the Wisemen would have also been rejected. But what if the shepherds and star were replaced with Santa Claus and his reindeer or a tree with gifts? Is anything culturally related to Christmas in any way tantamount to ‘promoting religion.’?

This should be an interesting ‘church and state’ lawsuit.

It really is amazing to me how we have gotten to the place where ‘Christmas’ is such a religious name that schools and government offices have banned its use for the generic ‘holidays.’ Even more crazy is the ban on cultural things connected to the Christmas celebration like tress, decorations, and in some places even Santa. All in the name of the First Amendment that was originally written to give us religious liberty not strictures and limitations in the public square.               *Top

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3 Responses to -Christmas Ad Rejected Because It’s ‘Religious’?

  1. Brian

    Dr. D:

    Check out this article concerning atheists running ads on metro DC buses. Apparently, objections by the DC transit authority to religious messages on advertising does not preclude anti-religious messages:


  2. Dr. D

    Thanks Brian,
    So according to the article you linked DC did allow ads against God and religion. From the article:

    “The Coalition of Reason sponsored a series of ads that ran on D.C. bus stops, billboards and Metro trains, which read “Don’t believe in God? Join the club.”

    Incredible hypocrisy. No wonder the church is suing against this obvious one sided policy.

  3. Brian

    Update – the federal judge involved (an Obama appointee) has held in a preliminary hearing that the Transit Authority can bar religious material:


    there is no indication that anyone argued, or pointed out, that the transit authority has allowed anti-religious material.

    Also, since the federal court refused emergency relief it means that nothing will be decided on this matter until well after Christmas….

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