COPY-Judge to hear atheists' lawsuit over Ark. bus ads

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group of atheists, agnostics and others wants a federal judge to force Little Rock buses to run an advertisement that questions the existence of God.

The United Coalition of Reason has sued the Central Arkansas Transit Authority and an advertising company used by CATA. The coalition says it tried to buy an ad that would read: "Are you good without God? Millions are."

In a court filing, the coalition says transit officials tried to come up with excuses to reject the ad. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright will hold a hearing Thursday to decide whether to issue a temporary order forcing CATA to accept the ad.

Lawyers for the transit authority deny the allegations and say the agency did not violate the First Amendment.

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