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Published On: Thu, Apr 23rd, 2015

Judge rules ‘Islamophobic’ ‘Killing Jews is worship’ ad protected as free speech

While cake makers can’t refuse participation in activities against their religion and students in California are told they cannot wear US flag shirt during Cinco de Mayo, an ad which reads “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah,” will be allowed on New York City buses, after a court ruling. The ads, which were called “offensive” by a judge were deemed acceptable due to First Amendment protection.

The message next to a man in a headscarf conveys the obvious anti-Semitism of Arab TV, but others says is will fuel Islamophobia. Check out the add below.

The maker of the ad is American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, a group who “acts against the treason being committed by national, state, and local government officials, the mainstream media, and others in their capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, the ever-encroaching and unconstitutional power of the federal government, and the rapidly moving attempts to impose socialism and Marxism upon the American people”.

Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

The New York Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) argued that the ads were demeaning and “savage.

Ultimately, Judge John Koeltl said that the MTA officials, “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements”
“Moreover, there is no evidence that seeing one of these advertisements on the back of a bus would be sufficient to trigger a violent reaction. Therefore, these ads—offensive as they may be—are still entitled to First Amendment protection,” he continued.
“This is a triumph for liberty and free speech,” tweeted Pamela Geller, the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), the group that purchased the ads and sued the MTA to run them. “#freedom #victory #shariafail.”

AFDI is not your traditional free speech organization, check out their objective their “about us.”

“Our objective is to go on the offensive when legal, academic, legislative, cultural, sociological, and political actions are taken to dismantle our basic freedoms and values,” it says. “AFDI acts against the treason being committed by national, state, and local government officials, the mainstream media, and others in their capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, the ever-encroaching and unconstitutional power of the federal government, and the rapidly moving attempts to impose socialism and Marxism upon the American people.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center considers AFDI an “anti-Muslim” hate group.

The same ads run in Chicago and San Francisco, according to reports.
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