COLTS responds to ‘Atheists’ bus ad lawsuit

County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) has filed a response to the April 2015 ‘atheists’ bus ad lawsuit In April of 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP representing the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society filed a free speech lawsuit against the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) […]

COLTS’ motion to dismiss lawsuit is denied

COLTS’ motion to dismiss federal lawsuit concerning their rejection of ‘Atheists’ bus ads has been denied. In April of 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) joined by Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP filed a free speech lawsuit representing the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society against County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) following COLTS’ refusal […]

2009 nativity controversy news footage

In December of 2009, I worked alongside the ACLU to remove unconstitutional religious displays on Luzerne County Courthouse grounds which would later be erected in a more inclusive holiday display. Unfortunately, many of the news articles and videos — to my knowledge — were taken offline, but a friend sent me a recording of one […]

Responding to criticism of church/state lawsuits

Brief thoughts concerning criticism of church/state lawsuits… I was recently involved in a discussion with a humanist who portrayed lawsuits that organizations advocating for the separation of government and religion file as heavy-handed and antagonistic toward religious individuals. I’ll explain that lawsuits are often filed as a last resort and that religious individuals should not […]

Legal response to COLTS’ motion to dismiss

More legal documents have been released concerning ACLU’s free speech lawsuit¬†launched in April 2015 against County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS). From April: The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit today against the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) over its refusal to allow a local atheist group, the Northeastern Pennsylvania […]