Foundation Defends Free Speech and Religious Right
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FOUNDATION DEFENDS FREE SPEECH
AND RELIGIOUS RIGHTS
OF WASHINGTON ARCHDIOCESE
MONTGOMERY, AL: The Foundation for Moral Law filed an amicus brief Thursday with the United States Supreme Court supporting the right of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. to advertise on the buses of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
WMATA sells advertising space to the public generally. The Archdiocese tried to purchase an advertisement depicting three shepherds that read “Find the perfect gift” at Christmas. WMATA refused to allow the ad, citing its prohibition against religious messages. The Archdiocese filed suit and has now petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case. The Foundation’s brief argues that WMATA’s refusal violated the Archdiocese’s right to free exercise of religion and freedom of speech and also violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Foundation President Kayla Moore said concerning the case: “It is appalling that, in the capital city of a nation founded on Biblical principles and the acknowledgement of God, a church is not allowed to place a message on city buses. Churches should have the same right to advertise as anyone else.”
Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe stated: “WMATA’s ban amounts to blatant discrimination against religious expression. Jack Daniels may advertise what it thinks should be the ‘perfect gift’ for Christmas; so may Russell Stover, Brooks Brothers, and everyone else, but the message of the Archdiocese is censored. The public has a right to hear what the Archdiocese considers to be the ‘perfect gift’ for Christmas.”