Port Authority settles suit over atheism ads

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Port Authority has settled a federal lawsuit filed after it refused to accept advertisements targeting atheists.

The authority will pay $20,000 in damages and $40,000 in legal fees to the United Coalition of Reason, based in Washington, D.C. The organization filed suit last year after the authority refused to run large bus ads that read: “Don‘‍t Believe in God? You are not alone.”

Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said the settlement “was a strategic business decision to avoid further, greater costs and the uncertainty of litigation.”

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