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Federal Appeals Court Sides With Metro in Rejection of Christmas Ad

Metro barred religious ads after an activist group submitted an ad with a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., sided with transportation officials Tuesday in a dispute about Metro's decision to reject a bus ad from the Roman Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese of Washington sued in 2017 after Metro rejected an ad for its Christmas fundraising effort, which showed a biblical scene. The ad design showed shepherds and sheep, as in a classic Nativity scene, with the words "Find the Perfect Gift."

The archdiocese argued Metro's decision violated the First Amendment. Metro pointed to its blanket policy of refusing to accept issue-oriented ads including political, religious and advocacy ads. Metro enacted the policy in 2015.

A lower federal court judge also sided with Metro. The Trump administration supported the archdiocese.

Metro barred political and religious advertising after an activist group submitted a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad to run as an ad at Metrorail stations and on buses.

The same group hosted a contest to draw Muhammad in May 2015 in Texas. Two gunmen opened fire on an security officer there and then were killed.

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