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Judge Orders WMATA To Post ‘Anti-Jihad’ Subway Ads

posted at 4:10 pm on October 6, 2012 by

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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It was liking pulling chicken teeth to get these judges to enforce our 1st against the rop type in this! The 1st WON! Somehow I bet cair files another suit?

Thanks Gellar and all who hold our constitution dear!
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letget on October 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

^ s/b like
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letget on October 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Cram it Ayoub! No more PC games. It’s up to muslims to actively demonstrate that “This is not who we are.”
Take to the streets, protest the hijacking of your faith by these animals, Condemn emphatically instead of implying it’s all a misunderstanding due to American intolerance.
If Christians were doing this kind of barabarity, you can bet the beer money that the media and politicians would not be so sensitive. It’s YOUR fraekin’ faith, either take it back or shut up.

sanjuro on October 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

So Matt, where does this ruling leave the NYC MTA? Since a Judge (Liberal Gods) has spoken, does this mean that i can expect to see the ads return to the grimy tunnels of Gotham?

BlaxPac on October 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Guess Mona will have to travel all over the US with her pink spray can.

thebrokenrattle on October 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

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.

Recent and current events say otherwise.

BobMbx on October 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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.”

That’s all well and fine and dandy, Mr Ayoub. You can jaw-jaw all you want in response. However, you are not permitted to use the courts or government sanction to deny someone else their rights. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is here in the US. If you don’t like that, there are a whole host of countries in the West that are more than willing to see things your way. My suggestion is to seek one of them out.

BillH on October 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM