City reviewing policy after pastor told he cannot advertise Jesus on Colorado Springs bus benches | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

The city of Colorado Springs said Monday it is reviewing the advertising policies of Mountain Metro Transit after a local pastor was told his advertisements on bus benches in Colorado Springs would be barred if they use the name Jesus. Mountain Metro Transit recognizes that it acted

Source: City reviewing policy after pastor told he cannot advertise Jesus on Colorado Springs bus benches | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

2 thoughts on “City reviewing policy after pastor told he cannot advertise Jesus on Colorado Springs bus benches | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

  1. What part of the word establish do you not understand? The Constitution prohibits the government, even by extension city governments, from promoting particular religions. A city owned and operated bus/park bench would be subject to that restriction.
    Preach the gospel, but don’t use city or government owned property or buildings to do it. It’s just not constitutional.


    1. It seems I understand the definition of establishment better than you do:

      In 1885, one of the definitions was “To set up in the place of another and confirm.” Therefore government can promote religion, but must do so equally.
      Why was this ok? (
      Public Transportation!!

      Perhaps some history will help you:

      Benjamin Franklin delivered this famous speech, asking that the Convention begin each day’s session with prayers, at a particularly contentious period, when it appeared that the Convention might break up over its failure to resolve the dispute between the large and small states over representation in the new government. The eighty one year old Franklin asserted that “the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth–that God governs in the Affairs of Men.” “I also believe,” Franklin continued, that “without his concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel.” Franklin’s motion failed, ostensibly because the Convention had no funds to pay local clergymen to act as chaplains. (source:

      The draft of the circular letter is in the hand of a secretary, although the signature is Washington’s. Some have called this concluding paragraph “Washington’s Prayer.” In it, he asked God to: “dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” (Source:

      George Washington’s Farewell Address was drafted by Alexander Hamilton who made a stronger case for the necessity of religious faith as a prop for popular government than Washington was willing to accept. Washington incorporated Hamilton’s assertion that it was unreasonable to suppose that “national morality can be maintained in exclusion of religious principle,” but declined to add Hamilton’s next sentence, written in the left margin of this page: “does it [national morality] not require the aid of a generally received and divinely authoritative Religion?” (Source:

      “For instance, Ross and Smith unearth Washington’s letter to John Jay concerning “the appropriateness of a public private partnership for the purpose of converting the Indians to Christianity.” He did not “allude to any potential impropriety in giving public assistance to a project” involving religious institutions, because the project had (in Washington’s own words) “humanity and charity for its object” and could, with due care, “be made subservient to valuable political purposes.” (Source:,d.amc)


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