Court in Metro’s ad ban case discusses Christmas shopping, beer-making monks, charitable giving

Source: The Washington Post

 March 26 at 1:48 PM 
A federal appeals court on Monday considered whether Metro’s policy barring issue-oriented advertisements on buses, trains and transit stations goes too far in keeping out all religious ­messages.

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The case reached the court after Metro rejected a 2017 holiday campaign from the Archdiocese of Washington with the message “Find the Perfect Gift.” The planned banner ads featured a biblical Christmas scene and link to a website that encouraged people to attend Mass or donate to a Catholic charitable group.

A central question before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit: Can Metro allow secular advertisers to promote Christmas shopping and charitable giving, but not the church?

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