Bus, Billboards, and BS

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?

About SamStone

A Steel City Skeptic who thinks science and reason is the light that we should follow to find our way in this world.
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1 Response to Bus, Billboards, and BS

  1. “Is that too much to ask?” If you’re posing this question to an assembly of mentally competant (i.e. reasonable people), the answer is an unequivocal NO! However, the same question, when posed to someone who lives in the same parallel, twisted universe occupied by Sara Palin, Donald Rump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, et.al., the answer is an unequivocal YES! For this segment of society, ANYTHING perceived to counter the delusions that they share is viewed as an egregious attack on their “freedom to worship.” And Mat Staver will be chompin’ at the bit to defend these “incursions,” almost regardless of cost.

    I hope the LTA sticks firmly to its so-called “principles” – all the way to the point of a multi-million dollar settlement (in NEPA’s favor, of course) public censure and sustained public humiliation for being so incredibly dense and clueless.

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