The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the District's METRO system, is being sued by the Catholic Church after turning down an advertisement.
The Archdiocese of Washington is suing over an illustrative ad depicting the phrase "Find the perfect gift" under what appears to be the Star of Bethlehem and a group of shepherds.
"Transit has had a long and checkered history of censoring certain messages," Prof. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University said.
He said that WMATA put out a statement saying that the ad is "prohibited... under current advertising guidelines," adding that the possibility of "differing opinions" added to the decision.
"There are differing opinions between 1% and 2% milk," Turley said.
He noted that conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos also had an ad removed from a transit system for a similar reason.
"Someone [is] sitting there at transit like Caesar...," Turley said.
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