The thirty little buses that could….. have gone transatlantic. The Freedom buses hit the UK. Ask yourself, why is this such a giant story? Perhaps because the UK suffers an epidemic of Islamic honor killings, as well as apostate issues.
Check out the fear that devout Muslims "might bomb buses." Got that? Religious freedom might incite Islamic violence.
A conservative activist has sparked
controversy after running a series of adverts on New York buses offering
information to people who want to leave the Islamic faith.
The adverts, entitled Leaving Islam?, points
readers to a website called RefugefromIslam.com and will run on at least
30 city buses for a month.
Geller, who leads an organisation called Stop Islamization of America,
said the adverts were meant to provide resources for Muslims who are
fearful of leaving the faith.
Adverts: These posters are appearing on at
least 30 buses which travel through all five of New York's boroughs
She said: 'It's not offensive to Muslims,
it's religious freedom.
not targeted at practicing Muslims. It doesn't say "leave", it says
"leaving" with a question mark.'
Ms Geller said the adverts cost $8,000 (£5,500), which was
contributed by the readers of her blog Atlas Shrugs and other websites.
Similar adverts have run on buses in Miami
and she said more were planned for other cities.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
officials said the adverts were reviewed and did not violate the
Kevin Ortiz said: 'The religion in question would not change the
determination that the language in the ad does not violate guidelines.'
All adverts which feature on New York buses
are screened by the MTA.
month, Miami-Dade Transit removed them from 10 buses after deciding
they 'may be offensive to Islam', according to the Miami Herald.
But the agency decided to reinstall them
after a review by the county attorney's office.
Religious freedom: The posters are appearing on
New York buses but critics say they are based on the misconception that
people are coerced into remaining in Islam
Transit spokesman Clinton
Forbes said: 'Although they may be considered offensive by some, they do
not fall under the general guidelines that would warrant their
Courts have ruled
that the First Amendment requires Americans to put up with 'a lot of
unenlightened and objectionable messages', according to Glenn Smith, a
professor at California Western School of Law.
Eugene Volokh, an expert of constitutional law
at UCLA School of Law, said the adverts could leave some Muslims
reluctant to ride the bus.
There could also be a risk that some extremist groups might bomb
the buses, although that possibility wouldn't limit free speech rights,
The agency has
received no complaints since the adverts went up on May 14, the MTA
said. The buses with the posters on pass through all five boroughs of
Robert Jackson, himself a Muslim, said: 'I think this is a campaign by
the extreme right, those that are against the Muslim religion.
'Quite frankly I would think the average New
Yorker would take it for what it's worth.'
Faiza Ali, of the New York chapter of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations, said they were based on a false
premise that people face coercion to remain with Islam.
She said Muslims believe faith that is forced
is not true belief.
Geller is free to say what she likes just as concerned community
members are free to criticise her motives,' she said.
Ms Geller has a history of speaking out
against Muslims, and the adverts are 'a smoke screen to advance her
long-standing history of anti-Muslim bigotry,' she added.
Ms Geller denied she had a problem with
Muslims, and said she was working to 'maintain the separation of mosque
She is among
those speaking out against the building of a mosque and Islamic cultural
centre near Ground Zero.
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