Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2018 / 15:35 pm
The Archdiocese of Washington was in court on Monday, arguing that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's ban on any religious-themed advertisements is unconstitutional.
The case was brought to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and argued March 26.
In October 2017, the WMATA rejected a series of ads from the archdiocese which featured a biblical scene and a message about attending Mass and donating to charity. The ads were intended to run during the Christmas season. The archdiocese filed suit in late November, alleging discrimination.
The ads read "Find the Perfect Gift," and contained a link to a website containing content about Mass times and opportunities for charities. The website also stated that "JESUS is the perfect gift."