The controversy over a freethought bus billboard in northeast PA was discussed by Eugene Volokh in an insightful Washington Post blog entitled “Atheists’ case against Pennsylvania bus system can go forward“. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society asked to run a simple billboard with the single word “Atheists” and their website.
The Lackawanna Transit System responded with a big, fat ‘NO’, despite running numerous billboards for churches, arguing that the above billboard argues the violates their policies, while accepting ads from the following groups:
1. St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church; 2. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church; 3. Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance; 4. Hope Church;
This is not unlike the past lawsuit in Pittsburgh, which cost the Port Authority $60,000 in damages. All we want is a level playing field. Is that too much to ask?