Judge Orders WMATA To Post ‘Anti-Jihad’ Subway Ads
posted at 4:10 pm on October 6, 2012 by Matt Vespa
In a victory for free speech, CJ Ciaramella of The Washington Free Beacon reported on October 5 that a District judge ruled that “the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) must immediately place controversial anti-jihad advertisements in its subway system—a move that the ad’s creators said is required by the First Amendment, and that WMATA lawyers argued could spark violence.”
The ads, which were featured in the NY subway system, conveys the message that we must “support Israel and defeat Jihad” that some describe as Islamophobic. It also reietrates the message that we must “support the civilized man.”
The ad was released around the time of the Muslim world erupted in protest against the “Innocence of Muslims” video that was used as a cover for the Libyan terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. It gained widespread attention when Egyptian activist Mona Eltahawy tried to deface an ad with spray paint.
Now, DC Metro must allow the ads to be put up, despite reservations of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). After the ruling, ADC legal director Abed A. Ayoub stated that it’s “fine” that they put up ads – “but just because it’s protected speech doesn’t mean it’s correct speech. We’re standing up and saying, ‘Look, this is not who we are.”
The ads were created by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which was founded by conservative activist Pamela Gellar. Gellar says that “the ads are also running in San Francisco now, and are supposed to run in Portland as well.”
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