Freedom of Speech Battle Rages Across U.S. Cities Where islam and Its Proponents Seek to Stop Any Disagreement
Hamas-linked CAIR jihadists who are running a pro-jihad poster campaign and their Muslim butt-kissing dhimmi pals in the American media are wringing their hands.
Washington City Paper says: Have you figured out yet what “anti-jihad” blogger Pamela Geller thinks of Islam? If the “savages” ads and the World Trade Center ads didn’t make the picture clear, you’re in luck: Geller and her group are returning to the Metro, this time with a campaign modeled on a pro-Muslim campaign currently in the system.
Geller’s new ads are a reaction to the #MyJihad ads sponsored by the Chicago branch of CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations), which feature characters describing their “personal jihad”: “#MyJihad is to build bridges through friendships.”
In contrast, the campaign sponsored by Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative feature more menacing quotes involving people like Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan.
Via email, Geller confirmed that the ads are coming to the Metro system. While it’s not clear yet when they’ll be posted, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles referenced the new ads in an email to employees:
I want to let you know that a number of new advertisements are scheduled for display in our system and some may be offensive to our employees and our customers. These ads, like others we’ve displayed because the courts have deemed our advertising program as a public forum, are protected under the First Amendment. However, we now require that they include a disclaimer that the views and opinions expressed are not endorsed by WMATA and do not represent the views of the Agency.
Fighting the first round of “anti-jihad” ads cost Metro $35,000 in attorney’s fees.
Daily Caller The Chicago Transit Authority has agreed to display anti-jihad ads on city buses, following a lawsuit by the American Freedom Law Center. City officials initially rejected the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s anti-jihad ads, even after the city accepted bus ads that advertized a sanitized portrayal of jihad as exercise and education rather than warfare.
The center’s new anti-jihad ads are “morally reprehensible — advocating racism, hatred and intolerance of cultural diversity,” said a Feb. 4 letter from Karen Seimetz, the general counsel of the city’s bus authority.
But the AFDI had already won two lawsuits “under the First Amendment of the United States,” Seimetz acknowledged. Seimetz’s office did not return phone calls from The Daily Caller seeking an explanation of her “racism” and “hatred” claims.
“I am looking into suing them for their racist charge,” said Pamela Geller, founder of the AFDI. “They are carrying water for the most extreme, brutal and racist ideology on the face of the earth. Oh the irony!” she said in a statement to The Daily Caller. Geller’s five ads juxtapose advocates of Islamic rule with their statements.
Each ad includes a tagline “That’s his Jihad. What’s yours?”
The tagline is a direct response to a series of bus ads posted by a group of people affiliated with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Their December 2012 “MyJihad” public-relations campaign portrays Islamic war — jihad — as a peaceful exercise.
Jihad is “a concerted and noble effort against injustice, hate, misunderstanding, war, violence, poverty, hunger, abuse or whatever challenge big or small we face in daily life, with the purpose of getting to a better place,” according to the campaign’s website, MyJihad.org. Those ads show people alongside peaceful statements, such as “#MyJihad is to build peaceful friendships across the aisle.”
In response, Geller’s ad campaign highlights jihad statements by Islamic advocates and leaders. One ad shows Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan, alongside his 1997 statement that “The mosques are out barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers.” His statement was a quote from a poem.
Another ad shows a picture of Nidal Hassan, an U.S. Army major who murdered 13 unarmed soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood in November 2009, alongside a quote from an eyewitness. Hassan was “reloading, firing again, reloading firing again, while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar,’” says the quote in the bus ad. “Allahu Akbar” means “Allah is the greatest.”
Another ad shows Osama bin Laden alongside the burning Twin Towers. “‘The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.’ That’s his Jihad. What’s Yours?” says the text.
Another ad shows a person wrapped in an Arab scarf, alongside a quote from from a TV program broadcast by Hamas, the Gaza-based affiliate of the Cairo-based Muslim Brotherhood. “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah,” says the quote.
In a letter back to Seimetz, Geller’s lawyer slammed Seimetz’s claim of “hatred and “racism.” “You provide no basis for your professed moral outrage other than conclusory language about advocating racism, hatred and the like. For a lawyer employed by a state entity, your comments are both inappropriate and logically inept,” wrote David Yerushalmi, a lawyer in Chandler, Ariz.
“Be that as it may, the CTA has capitulated grudgingly, apparently, to the First Amendment of the Constitution. And, apparently, we have my clients to thank for that,” Yerushalmi concluded.
From Bare Naked Islam: http://www.barenakedislam.com/