Colorado Pastor Prohibited From Using Name of Jesus in Bus Bench Advertisements

Jesus Ad-compressedCOLORADO SPRINGS, Co. — Officials in a Colorado city are reviewing the advertising policies of a local transit company after it prohibited an area pastor from using the name of Jesus in bus bench advertisements.

According to reports, Mountain Metro Transit told Lawson Perdue, pastor of Charis Christian Center in Colorado Springs that if the name of Jesus were allowed, the company would also have to accept ads considered hate speech.

Perdue had been advertising on local bus benches for the past three years, with messages such as “Celebrate Jesus” and “Experience Jesus.” He currently has the message “Jesus is Lord” on 20 benches throughout the Colorado Springs area.

“We believe that Jesus is a very positive message of faith, and we want to share that around our community,” Perdue told television station KRDO.

But because an unidentified individual complained about the Christian declaration, Mountain Metro Transit informed Perdue last week that once his contract ends next month he will no longer be permitted to use the name of Jesus in advertisements.

“There’s a lot of messages in the city that I’m opposed to personally, but I don’t complain because this is the United States of America,” Perdue stated.

He said he should be allowed to advertise what he wishes as much as any other organization.

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While Perdue considered taking the matter to court if it could not be resolved amicably, government officials in Colorado Springs are now reviewing the transit policy as it relates to the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting the Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

The city released a statement on Monday suggesting that it supports Perdue’s right to use the name of Jesus in advertisements.

“The City of Colorado Springs is carefully reviewing the advertising policies of Mountain Metro Transit in light of the advertising by Pastor Lawson Perdue of the Charis Christian Center,” it said. “The City takes First Amendment issues very seriously, and strives to fully comply with Constitutional law.”

“This commitment requires that advertisements and policies are regularly reviewed for content and legality,” the statement continued. “Mountain Metro Transit recognizes that it acted hastily in asking Pastor Perdue to change his messaging. The city attorney’s office is working diligently to ensure that the advertising policies comply with the law.”

City officials said that as the review moves forward, Metro Mountain Transit will continue to allow Perdue to run his “Jesus is Lord” advertisements on bus benches.

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  • TheBottomline4This

    “Mountain Metro Transit told Lawson Perdue, pastor of Charis Christian Center in Colorado Springs that if the name of Jesus were allowed, the company would also have to accept ads considered hate speech.” Hate speech, lol.
    With that said, I do think it shouldn’t be allowed to be on there, just like I wouldn’t want islam to come along and put allah on there.
    As a Christian, if the pastor wants to share about Jesus, maybe stand near the bus benches and hand out tracts. Look up Tony Miano. He has a ministry where he hands out tracts and talks with those who are interested.

  • Bertha Warren

    It is amazing people have problem with one, Who has the keys to Heaven and Hell. That Broad Road Jesus, speaks about in, is wideining, because of denial. Jesus said if you deny me in front of man, I will deny in front Father. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as Lord.

    • Vince G

      I concur completely and second your comment. “But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in Heaven.” 21st Cent. KJV We have had ample warning. How is it that such a small minority is able to destroy the true intent of the 1st amendment? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Amend. 1, U.S. Const.

  • Josey

    I can’t believe another anonymous caller complained, my oh my, there sure are a lot of those anonymous folk and to say it is hate talk. How is saying ‘Jesus is Lord’ hate speech toward anyone? With all the advertisement seen on a daily basis, this is one of the positive and truthful ones. Good for Mr. Purdue. The problem they have is with the Name of Jesus, the name that is above all names, ole’ satan hates that name, the demons hate that name and cringe at the mention of it. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus such a beautiful Name, the name every knee shall bow to and every tongue will confess that He alone is Lord of Lords and King of Kings!!! They could put allah or any name on a bench next to this bench with Jesus Name on it and Jesus Name will outshine and speak to a lost heart whereas the other bench will turn to rust and a pile of rubble. Bless the Name of Jesus Christ forever and ever! Let His Name be shouted from the rooftops!

    • mudguy1

      Any anonymous complaint should be disregarded. If you complain about something put your name on the complaint.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    So sad. Every American should love and honor the name of the Lord Jesus…

  • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

    One day these people who hate Jesus so much and Reject Him. Will one day be on their knees declaring He is Lord.

  • Ronald Carter

    I don’t see the issue, these are public areas. Advertise Jesus inside your church all you want.