AFDI Sues Washington DC Transit — Again

Despite the ongoing threats to kill us and the need for a army of security, the work continues. We wull not be silenced and we will not submit.

After we submitted our free speech ad featuring the winning cartoon from our Texas Muhammad art exhibit, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority  suspended “all issue-oriented” ads on the D.C. Metro system through the end of 2015. WMATA has submitted to the assassin’s veto. >It’s an end-run around the First Amendment. The Washington Transit Authority banned “political ads” after AFDI submitted our free speech campaign. No contemporary medium of communication may pass the test of being merely commercial and non-political. Movies, books, television shows that might advertise have a political bias. Advertisers like the New York Times runs an editorial page every day — not to mention the slant of their “straight news” — and therefore, if they can advertise, so can the Village Voice, the Socialist Militant, and Dabiq (ISIS’ four-color magazine), for that matter. This ban is sharia enforcement.


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The Washington Post reports this:

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Leader of pro-Israel group sues Metro over issue-ad ban prompted by Muhammad cartoon

The leader of a controversial pro-Israel group that was blocked in its effort to place ads featuring a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in Metro stations has filed suit against the transit agency, saying that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has violated the group’s First Amendment rights by refusing to display the ads.

“This case seeks to protect and vindicate fundamental constitutional rights,” the suit states.

In May, Pamela Geller, the co-founder and president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, sought to take out a series of ads featuring the winning entry from a “Draw prophet Muhammad” cartoon contest it had sponsored in May. That contest drew national attention after two men, Nadir Hamid Soofi and Elton Simpson, opened fire with semiautomatic rifles outside the building in the Dallas suburb where the May 3 event was held. Both were shot and killed by a police officer. A security guard suffered a leg wound, but no one else was injured.

[Muhammad on Metro?]

But rather than display the ads, in June Metro’s board voted to ban all new advocacy ads for the rest of the year.

In an e-mail, Geller called the transit agency’s actions “an end-run around the First Amendment.”

“As one of my readers pointed out, no contemporary medium of communication may pass the test of being merely commercial and non-political,” she added. “The New York Times runs an editorial page every day — not to mention the slant of their ‘straight news’ — and therefore, if they can advertise, so can the Village Voice, the Socialist Militant, and Dabiq (ISIS’s four-color magazine), for that matter.

“Public safety has been thrown in for good measure. Color me skeptical. If we’ve learned anything since 9/11, it is that America is the target. The West is the target for Islamic terrorism. The whole country is on heightened alert for an Islamic State attack on July 4th. Abridging our freedoms so as not to offend savages is surrender and un-American. It results in more demands, more surrender, more capitulation to sharia law (which is what WMATA did).”

ound, but no one else was injured.

[Muhammad on Metro?]

But rather than display the ads, in June Metro’s board voted to ban all new advocacy ads for the rest of the year.

In an e-mail, Geller called the transit agency’s actions “an end-run around the First Amendment.”

“As one of my readers pointed out, no contemporary medium of communication may pass the test of being merely commercial and non-political,” she added. “The New York Times runs an editorial page every day — not to mention the slant of their ‘straight news’ — and therefore, if they can advertise, so can the Village Voice, the Socialist Militant, and Dabiq (ISIS’s four-color magazine), for that matter.

“Public safety has been thrown in for good measure. Color me skeptical. If we’ve learned anything since 9/11, it is that America is the target. The West is the target for Islamic terrorism. The whole country is on heightened alert for an Islamic State attack on July 4th. Abridging our freedoms so as not to offend savages is surrender and un-American. It results in more demands, more surrender, more capitulation to sharia law (which is what WMATA did).”

Metro officials said they do not comment on pending litigation.

Officials with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority adopted a similar policy in May. The transit agency had rejected one of the ads Geller’s group sought to display out of concern it could lead to violence. Geller sued and a federal judge ruled in April that the MTA would have to display the ad. Instead of complying, the board voted to ban all political advertising in the system.

[New York transit officials vote to ban all political advertising]

Metro has had a mixed history with Geller’s group.

In September 2012, AFDI bought ad space in four Metro stations for the message, “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” AFDI sued after Metro sought to delay displaying the ads because of unrest in the Middle East, but a judge ordered the ads to be posted.

Last year, when AFDI bought space on Metro buses for ads linking Islam to Nazism, the transit agency quietly accepted the advertisements. This time around, however, officials reconsidered.

Lynn Bowersox, Metro’s marketing manager, said revenue from issue-oriented ads accounts for about 20 percent, or roughly $2.5 million, of the agency’s overall annual income from advertising. Advocacy ads, if they had been allowed to continue, would have brought in about $1 million in the remaining seven months of this year, she said.

Metro officials said the board could vote to make the ban on issue-related ads permanent or extend it into 2016, a presidential election year, when demand for campaign ad space would be exceptionally high.

NO ONE ELSE IS CHALLENGING THIS AND DEFENDING THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

ONLY WITH YOUR SUPPORT CAN WE CONTINUE.

Please contribute here, NOW — or send a check to:

AFDI

Attention: Pamela Geller

1040 1st Avenue

#121

New York, NY 10022

an end-run around the First Amendment, the Washington Transit Authority banned “political ads” after AFDI submitted our free speech campaign. As one of my readers pointed out, no contemporary medium of communication may pass the test of being merely commercial and non-political. The New York Times runs an editorial page every day — not to mention the slant of their “straight news” — and therefore, if they can advertise, so can the Village Voice, the Socialist Militant, and Dabiq (ISIS’ four-color magazine), for that matter. – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2015/07/pamela-geller-sues-wmata-for-censoring-mohammad-cartoon.html/#sthash.Mlsa01kr.dpuf

Changing the Narrative

Just how are we changing the narrative? Read this interview with the Washington Post:

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Sharia Enforcement in America

Across the country today, municipal transit authorities – after running blood libels against Israel and leftist propaganda for years – are changing their rules to prevent us from running our ads that tell the truth about the jihad against America, Israel, and all free people.

The billboard company Clear Channel even accepted an ad from a Muslim Brotherhood group telling lies about Muhammad, but rejected our ad featuring actual quotes from Muhammad because it was “negative.”

This is keeping Americans ignorant and complacent about jihad terror – and we have to fight it.

We’ve launched free speech lawsuits challenging these regulations in New York, Detroit, Boston and elsewhere. We’ve won many victories – but the foes of freedom are tenacious. They have launched appeals and changed their rules after our victories – so desperate are they to prevent the truth from getting out.

This is about more than just our ads. This is a full frontal assault on the freedom of speech. And it must not stand.

We are going to challenge these end runs around the First Amendment everywhere they appear. But we can’t do it alone.

Everyone who understands that the freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society should stand with us now – and help us stand for the First Amendment as it suffers its most concerted attack in decades.

Please contribute here, NOW — or send a check to:

AFDI

Attention: Pamela Geller

1040 1st Avenue

#121

New York, NY 10022