'Welcome' Pulled From Md. Buses

As reported by Ann Marimow on the Maryland Moment blog: Montgomery County officials today pulled plans to use hundreds of Ride On buses to greet Pope Benedict XVI, following concerns from a rider who questioned whether it was appropriate for a public entity to welcome a religious leader.

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By David Marino-Nachison |  April 14, 2008; 4:11 PM ET
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The pope is also a head of state. The White House is a public entity, and is welcoming the pope as a head of state. Once again, the tyranny of the minority marches on.

Posted by: CPS | April 15, 2008 9:56 AM

This is ridiculous. It wouldn't be an issue if they didn't first issue a welcome then retract it after a few complaints.

Where's the spine in our local and regional officials? It's not endorsing Catholicism to merely welcome the Pope.

Posted by: Ken Shepherd | April 15, 2008 10:41 AM

Agree with Ken Shepherd. The Pope is a head of state, certainly more like a monarch than a president or prime minister, but would riders have objected to Ride On messages welcoming a visit by the Queen of England? Hm, unfortunately they probably would have!

Posted by: JDT | April 15, 2008 12:24 PM

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