Here's the million dollar question. Scores of anti-Israel ads ran in cities across the country for years. Why didn't those anti-Jewish ads cause the transit authority to review its policy? But one ad, our ad, citing a fact, the tens of thousands of deadly attacks since 911 all in the cause of Islam, is the catalyst for the transit authority to restrict of free speech in accordance with the blasphemy laws under the sharia.
This in the city that suffered the bloodiest attack on American soil, 911.
This AP headline is incorrect and misleading. The anti-Israel ads prompted no one to do anything except me. The anti-Israel ads prompted me to run ads exposing the global jihad, which led to this capitulation to sharia.
And if ads addressing Islam are political, why does it deserve religious protection? If Islam is a political system, one that threatens freedom and democracy, it should be treated as such. This is where the government must be challenged.
Political Ads On Islam, and Israel, Prompt Metro-North to Review Policies
August 23, 2012, AP
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Metro-North Railroad is reviewing its policy of allowing noncommercial messages at commuter train stations as a flurry of ads offer views on Islam and the Israel-Palestinian dispute.
The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports ( http://bit.ly/NJnsu1 ) that the most recent ads at some New Haven Line stations link Islam to terrorism. Billboards paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative tell commuters, "It's not Islamophobia, It's Islamorealism."
Pamela Geller, a blogger who runs the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said she hopes commuters who see the billboards "will gain a new understanding of the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat."
Geller said the ads, which will run through Sept. 2 were bought to counter platform ads critical of Israel. The billboards were financed by retired Wall Street broker Henry Clifford of the Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine.
Ads showed a map of Israel labeled "Palestinian Loss of Land -- 1946 to 2010," depicting a gradual transfer of land to Israel during the decades-long conflict.
Clifford, an 83-year-old Essex resident who purchased the ads for $25,000, said he wants to present the point of view of Palestinians that he said is often lacking in the United States.
"Our posters show historical information without any editorial comment," he said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is the parent organization of Metro-North, says it is reviewing its policy on non-commercial ads.
"The MTA does not decide whether to allow a proposed advertisement based upon its viewpoint and the MTA does not endorse the viewpoint in this or any other paid advertisement," it said.
A federal judge issued an injunction last month, finding that the MTA violated free speech rights of Geller and the AFDI by rejecting an ad it considered discriminatory against Muslims. The judge said MTA's policy prohibiting ads it considered "demeaning to individuals or a group of individuals" inhibited AFDI's right to express its opinion.