- Associated Press - Monday, August 21, 2017

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A federal lawsuit filed by an atheist group whose ads were rejected by a Pennsylvania transit agency is set to be heard by a jury Nov. 13.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society sued the County of Lackawanna Transit System more than two years ago. The agency, based in Scranton, says it has a policy banning any ads that promote or attack religion, saying such ads could cause disputes on its buses and, therefore, are a safety hazard.

A federal judge in Scranton agreed in April that the agency has a right to limit ads, but says a jury must decide whether it was reasonable in this instance.

The atheist group says the policy is unconstitutional because it censors the discussion of religion but not other topics.

It seeks only a court order allowing its ads to run.

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