We are expanding our anti-jihad ad campaign across New York and the country. We are rolling the following eight ads out in tandem across the backs of buses all across the great city. The Blaze broke the story here (leave your comments on the new campaign here):
Pamela Geller, a blogger and the executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, isn’t done with her anti-Jihad advertising blitz. On Monday, Geller told TheBlaze, exclusively, that she submitted an expanded campaign that will bring her controversial advertisements to the New York City bus system.
As TheBlaze has extensively reported, Geller has been in a long and complicated battle with The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the company that owns and operates the city’s subway, train and bus systems. While the MTA initially attempted to ban the ads last year, a judge ruled in Geller’s favor, leading to a decision to post them at numerous subway stops last month.
But the contention didn’t end there. On Friday, we reported on the transit group’s controversial free-speech decision to revise its advertising standards as a result of the incident. The MTA, via its official rules, now reserves the right to ban ads that “would incite or provoke violence” — a decision Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz is calling “plain dumb” and “unconstitutional.”
Despite the controversy and the uncertainty surrounding the violence provision, on Monday Geller submitted the new, expanded ad campaign that will bring the ads to the bus system. Previously, the anti-jihad messages were only present at 10 subway stops. While the activist told TheBlaze in an e-mail interview that she hopes to see the posters run “as soon as possible,” she said she won’t be surprised if she needs to head back to court to ensure they run.
In terms of the number of buses that will include the amended ads, Geller said that this factor is still under consideration. The monies to continue the effort, she claims, are coming from donors who respect her work and the cause.
“The campaigns are funded by a large number of small numbers who support our struggle for free speech,” Geller told TheBlaze.
These new ads will differ slightly from the original version that was posted on the NYC subway system. While they will still read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” the words beneath the slogan will be changed to reflect other groups, aside from Israel, who Geller believes deserve support against radical Islamic forces.
Among those nations and cohorts that the new ads will defend against jihad are: America, Coptic Christians, Hindus, Thailand, Nigerian Christians, Baha’is and — once again — Israel.
“I wanted to demonstrate the global character of the jihad — that it is against non-Muslims of different faiths and perspectives, all over the globe,” Geller said of her decision to diversify the new ads.
The controversial blogger and activist also said that her group will add the disclaimer that the MTA now requires — another change to the ad standards that was put in after her court battle with the transit authority.
“This is a paid advertisement sponsored by [Sponsor]. The display of this advertisement does not imply MTA’s endorsement of any views expressed,” the disclaimer that must be placed on political, religious or morality-themed ads will read.
While Geller has no problem adding the wording to each message, she plans to ensure that the rule is applied fairly to all political and religious submissions. If the regulation isn’t followed and the disclaimer fails to be applied to other potentially-controversial ads, the blogger has a one-word answer regarding what her next steps will be: “Sue.”TheBlaze is the first media outlet to view these ads and, thus, we’re presenting them to you, exclusively. Below, find each of the aforementioned groups represented within the bus posters. The first image is a general ad, calling for the defense of freedom and defeat of jihad: