Public transit ceases ad sponsorship (March 15, 2016)

The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority in Ohio has agreed to FFRF’s request that it cease weekly sponsorship of a religious advertisement in a local paper.

The ad, printed each Saturday in the Record-Courier with text promoting Christianity and a “Scripture Reading” selected by the American Bible Society, listed PARTA as a sponsor. “It is unconstitutional for PARTA to pay for a religious advertisement, or to endorse religion,” FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne wrote in a letter to the organization.

On March 15, PARTA notified FFRF that it had directed the newspaper to ensure that PARTA ads no longer appeared in religion-themed sections.

Freedom From Religion Foundation