Federal Court Rules in Favor of Atheist Group in COLTS Lawsuit

LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. -- An atheist group has won its fight against COLTS, the County of Lackawanna Transit System.

The federal lawsuit from 2012 was over an ad the group wanted to put on the sides of buses.

The COLTS board of directors said the ad violated a policy about buses becoming, "a public forum for debate and discussion."

Justin Vacula, a student from Marywood University, sued, and on Tuesday, a federal court ruled the ban on religious and non-religious messaging violates the First Amendment.

Vacula is the spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society, the group that brought the suit.

He thanked the American Civil Liberties Union for its support and said, "I'm glad we can finally run bus ads telling people who we are. Our message is simple: atheists exist. If you are an atheist, you are not alone."

21 comments

  • Albert Ambrosia

    OK since the courts has ruled
    Let the CATHOLIC, CHRISTIANS, JEWS get together and put big ads on every damn bus in the state….

  • Michele Wasylyk

    John 3:16.. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)

  • Rogue0572

    As a Christian, I’m happy to see secular signs pop up from time to time.

    Ultimately people will come to understand the elementary philosophical arguments they’ve espoused for decades, and their odd appeal to the dying worldview called scientific naturalism, which cannot be sustained without use of self-defeating arguments. This is why they insist that atheism is a lack of belief, because debating scientific naturalism in the affirmative is hopeless.

    You’ll also learn of the tiresome Nietzschean complaints as well.

    So let them express their worldview in disguise. Let the tantrums commence!

  • Todd Noss

    A FOOL , SAYS IN HIS OR HER HEART THAT THERE IS NO GOD, BUT WHEN THE DAY COMES , WHEN YOUR SPIRIT DECIDES TO LEAVE YOUR BODY , THE TRUTH WILL BE MADE KNOWN

  • DC Ump

    The dinosaurs and caveman thank you, time to recognize that religion is a profitable scheme to steal from hard working human beings to live the good life!

Comments are closed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.