NEW YORK (WPIX) –
In a new development, the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority (MTA) has decided to allow controversial advertisements
arguing against the proposed construction of a mosque to appear on the
side of New York City buses.
The MTA released the following Monday, “While the MTA does not endorse
the views expressed in this or other ads that appear on the transit
system, the advertisement purchased by a group opposing a planned mosque
near the World Trade Center was accepted today after its review under
MTA’s advertising guidelines and governing legal standards.”
The anti-mosque ad is a powerful ad with images evoking 9/11 designed by
a group which strongly opposes the construction of what’s being called
the “Ground Zero Mosque”. The controversial ad was designed, paid for,
and presented to the MTA a month ago, but the MTA refused to approve the
campaign, so the ad’s sponsors decided to bring the fight to court.
Despite a deal already inked with CBS, the company with rights to the
billboards, the MTA is the censor-in-chief, deciding which ads the
public can see and which ones you can’t.
This afternoon, David Yerushalmi, an attorney for the anti-mosque group
told PIX News “the government has no basis to tell you or me or my
client that they don’t like the viewpoint.”
Pamela Geller, Executive Director of the Freedom Defense Initiative
asked, “what’s more insulting and offensive — that image of truth, or a
15 story mega-mosque looking down on the sacred ground of Ground Zero?”
Now that the MTA has had a change of heart, when can you expect to see
the ads up and running on city buses? You might start seeing them as
early as next week.
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