Friday, September 21, 2012

Free Speech victory in NYC: anti-jihad ads to run in the subway

This is a great day for freedom fighters and supporters of the 1st amendment.  A court has ruled that the NYC transit authority cannot refuse the ads bought by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) which say "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad"  Muslims are up in arms over these ads, as are those who support jihad and the suppression of free speech rights and give aid to those "savages" that created jihad against NYC, London, Madrid and the myriad of places jihadists have murdered innocents.  

Support the civilized man, defeat jihad.  It's the only way to go.

From CNN September 19 by Erinn Cawthon

Controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad to appear in NYC subways

New York (CNN) -- A controversial advertisement that critics say is hateful toward Muslims will appear in New York City subway stations starting next week, despite the city's attempts to halt the campaign.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority initially rejected the ad, which reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

The authority's decision was overturned last month when a federal judge ruled that the ad is protected speech under the First Amendment.

Jihad -- Arabic for "struggle" -- is considered a religious duty for Muslims, although there are peaceful and violent interpretations of what it means.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, which produced the ad, has been fighting to place the message in New York's subway system since last year after the authority refused to display it.

"We don't think it's controversial," said Pamela Geller, the executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. "It's truth. The MTA has run anti-Israel ads before and no one had an issue about it. 'Any war on innocent civilians is savagery': What's controversial here?"

Starting next week, the ads will be displayed in 10 of the city's more than 400 subway stations. The exact locations have not been selected by the transportation authority.

Geller said she had no qualms about releasing the message amid ongoing protests against an American-made anti-Islam film clip that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya last week.

"If it's not a film, it's a cartoon, it's always some event," Geller said. "I will not sacrifice my freedom."

As Geller points out, it will always be something that riles the "religion of the perpetually insulted."

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