Archdiocese appeals decision over Christmas ads on Metrobuses

Metro is deploying additional late-night buses on several routes effective Dec. 18. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington filed an appeal Monday of a decision that blocks its Christmas ads from being posted on the sides of Metrobuses.

The notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia indicates the church will challenge a federal judge’s ruling late Friday that found Metro’s restrictions on religious ads are likely legal.

Metro has banned ads that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice or belief since 2015.

The ads in question included a silhouette of shepherds evoking the journey of the Three Wise Men and urging worshippers to “Find the Perfect Gift.”

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