Muslims targeted again – US judge Okays display of anti-Islam Ads
11 Oct 2012 07:25 GMT
 
Washington: The United States is once again going to hurt the feelings of the Muslims not only in the country but all across the globe as one of the US courts has signaled “go ahead” to a local administration to start displaying Islam-hatred advertisements in the US capital, Washington DC. By Farhan Iqbal

Washington: The United States is once again going to hurt the feelings of the Muslims not only in the country but all across the globe as one of the US courts has signaled “go ahead” to a local administration to start displaying Islam-hatred advertisements in the US capital, Washington DC.

According to the US media, a federal judge has ordered the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency to begin displaying anti-Islam advertisements in which Jihad has been severely criticized. The pathetic advertisements will start to be displayed from next week in Washington DC.

The decision by the court was announced later this week in a one-page ruling by US District Judge, Rosemary Collyer, who has granted permission to the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) that sought to force Metro to display provocative posters in four stations, even though the transit agency has worried the ads might incite violence. The posters were scheduled to be displayed for a month starting September 24, but were delayed until the court decision.

The ads will say, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” The ad further reads, “Support Israel/Defeat Jihad.”

According to The Jewish Weekly, Rabbis for Human Rights in North America plan to take out subway ads urging riders to “choose love” in what the Jewish group’s director calls a response to the anti-jihad advertisements.

The Rabbis for Human Rights’ ads say, “In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors.”

The controversial ads initially appeared in San Francisco, and have drawn outrage from civil and human rights movements as well as legal advocates and activists. Citizens have also signed a petition demanding to take the ads down.

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) posted full-sized disclaimer placards on buses that carry the ads. The disclaimer says, “SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other characteristics, and condemns any statements that describe any group as savages.”

In July, a federal judge ruled that it was protected speech and ordered the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to place the posters in New York subways. Judge Paul A. Engelmayer of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that the authority had violated the First Amendment rights of the group that sought to place the ad. The controversy came in the wake of violence in the Middle East sparked by an Internet video that disparaged the Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

Pamela Geller, executive director for the ad’s sponsor group, AFDI, also rejected the MTA’s assertion that the posters are demeaning.

“There’s nothing either hateful or false about my ad,” Geller said in an email.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative gained notoriety when it opposed creation of a Muslim community center near the site of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.



-- Al Arabiya Digital


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