PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An atheist group is suing a Pennsylvania transit system over its refusal to run ads with the word “atheists” on the sides of buses.
The County of Lackawanna Transit System repeatedly rejected the ads sought by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society, telling the group it doesn’t permit advertising space to be used as a forum for public debate. The transit system also told the group its ad might offend riders and hurt revenue.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Philadelphia Police Looking For Answers In Markeya Green's Murder That 'Absolutely Shocks The Conscience'
The atheist group filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Scranton. The suit says COLTS allowed many religious groups to advertise before the Freethought Society tried placing its ad in 2012.READ MORE: Edwin Allen Charged With Sexually Assaulting Woman In Upper Darby SEPTA Train Terminal
The group wants a judge to force COLTS to run the “atheists” ad.
The transit system’s lawyer is reviewing the suit. He’s expected to comment later.MORE NEWS: North Philadelphia Rat Infestation 'Subsiding And Leaving Slowly' After City Officials Lay Down Poison In Empty Lot
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