Our counter-jihad ads, running on the same kiosks on the same train platforms as the vicious anti-Israel ads, are causing quite a stir. Dhimmi public officials and media are falling all over themselves in furious efforts to enforce the restrictions on free speech under the sharia.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner wants Metro-North to warn passengers that the ads could be upsetting and don't represent Metro-North's views or that of the community. Our ads are statements of fact. There have been over 19,441 deadly Islamic attacks since 911. Feiner wants to warn people of what, exactly? The truth? Why didn't Feiner react as viscerally when the same kiosks had vicious blood libels posted about Israel? Feiner is OK with anti-Jewish ads. His bias is showing.
Feiner says, "[Muslims] should not be discriminated against. The posters encourage hatred, discrimination and do not help the efforts to fight hate crimes." Feiner implies that all Muslims support jihad. Sounds like Feiner is painting all Muslims with the same brush. How islamophobic.
"Metro-North Billboard Flap Rages On" James Arki, NY Daily News, August 16, 2012
The Metro-North is once again the center of a controversy over potentially offensive billboards.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is urging Metro-North to put up ads of its own in response to "inflammatory" postings in the Hartsdale station.
The ad in question, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, lists the number of deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11" and says "It's not Islamophobia, It's Islamorealism."
Feiner says the ad can't be removed, but is offensive. He wants Metro-North to warn passengers that the ads could be upsetting and don't represent Metro-North's views or that of the community.
"There are many Muslims residing in Greenburgh and in our villages," he said. "They should not be discriminated against. the posters encourage hatred, discrimination and do not help the efforts to fight hate crimes."
After lots of feedback -- positive and negative -- from residents concerning the ads, Feiner added that he will recommend the Metro-North donate profits from the ad to education campaigns against discrimination.
"I feel it's not a violation of free speech for Metro North to put up a competing sign and it's also not a violation of free speech if they donate the profits to an anti-defamation league or an organization that objects to hate crimes," he said. "I feel that it should be clear that the people of Metro North and the town do not support this message."
AFDI executive director Pamela Geller said the ad is not hate speech, but merely a statement of fact.
"There is nothing hateful, mean-spirited, or offensive about opposing jihad terror," she said in an email. "Are the facts offensive? It is, as the ad says, Islamorealistic. Islamic supremacist imams around the world foment violence, promote hatred, teach children to hate, and exhort Muslims to gain a place in Paradise by murdering infidels."
The MTA lost a recent federal court case to Geller, who sued after the MTA banned an advertisement, saying it violated standards prohibiting language that demeans an individual or group.
The MTA declined further comment and said its position has not changed on the issue.
Feiner is not the first politician to complain about offensive advertisements on the railroad: The MTA faced a controversy in July over potentially offensive billboards concerning the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Update: The MTA released the following statement July 10 on potentially offensive advertisements: "MTA does not, however, decide whether to allow or not allow a proposed advertisement based on the viewpoint that it expresses or because that viewpoint might be controversial. MTA (along with its advertising contractor, CBS Outdoor) does review advertisements, including this one, to ensure that they comply with MTA's uniform, viewpoint neutral advertising standards. MTA does not endorse the viewpoint expressed in this ad or any of the ads that MTA accepts for display on its facilities."
Here are the anti-Israel ads that ran on the same kiosks. Where was all the concern for the incitement of violence these libelous ads might cause?