September 20, 2012
(New York, NY – WNYC) On Monday, ten New York subway stations will display an ad that uses block letters on a black background to proclaim, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” followed by the tag line, “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
The ruling comes as anti-American protests are erupting around the world over an anti-Muslim film trailer widely circulated on the internet.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), an advocacy group, bought space for the ad in the subway a year ago. But the NY Metropolitan Authority rejected it before it could run, explaining in a letter to the group that, “Your proposed ad contains language that, in our view, does not conform with the MTA’s advertising standards regarding ads that demean an individual or group of individuals.”
AFDI sued, and won, on First Amendment grounds. The NY MTA appealed, and lost.
This article was posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm