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AFDI Free Speech Victory: What They Are Saying

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I thought Atlas readers would get a charge out of the dhimmedia's take on our win for free speech and for apostates in fear of their lives. Of course, the media ran to Muslim Brotherhood-tied CAIR for comment, not to apostates. Every news report cited Hamas-tied CAIR; not one asked aposates or would-be apostates. Where are the comments from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ibn Warraq, Wafa Sultan?

Michigan leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Executive Director Dawud Walid said the American Freedom Defense Initiative's ads are "designed to promote Islamophobia."

Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood group says our ads to save lives, "are designed to promote Islamophobia." This is more Islamic propaganda to enforce Islamic law of blasphemy (do not insult Islam) and reinforce sharia for converts out of Islam (death).

Council of Islamic Relations of Michigan called the ads "another example of a hate group taking advantage of the First Amendment."

Pot meet kettle. I mean really. Could these fascists gotten so far without exploiting our freedoms, freedoms void in Muslim countries living under the sharia? How brazen are the stealth jihadists.

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US judge rules for Muslim defector bus ads by DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A group that says it helps Muslims quit their faith has won a court order against Detroit's regional transit system for rejecting bus ads that ask, "Fatwa on your head? … Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get answers!"

U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood granted a preliminary injunction Thursday against the bus system, which was sued last year by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

The advocacy group says the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation violated the group's First and 14th Amendment rights by rejecting the ads it submitted May 12.

"There is a strong likelihood," the judge wrote, that the ad's promoters could show that the bus company's decision to reject the ads "was not reasonable but rather arbitrary and capricious." Hood set a conference on the case for April 11.

SMART declined comment on the case Friday. In court filings, the bus system said its policies against political and several other types of ads are constitutional.

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The Michigan leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the ruling is not the end of the matter and said his group respects the legal process. Executive Director Dawud Walid said the American Freedom Defense Initiative's ads are "designed to promote Islamophobia."

"This organization has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group in the same way as the Ku Klux Klan," Walid said.

The ads are headlined, "Leaving Islam?" The text says: "Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Got questions? Get answers!"

Geller said the ads have run on buses in New York and Miami.

"I am thrilled, not just for the protection of free speech, but for those living in danger who will be helped by our freedom buses," Geller said in a posting on her website.

Federal judge says SMART must accept 'Leaving Islam?' bus ads MLive.com – Jeff T. Wattrick

Geller is an ever-loving Islamophobe. Under the Constitution, she has every right to share her thoughts on the subject through bus advertisements that would otherwise promote WADL’s weekday line-up.

“We are not descended from fearful men,” Edward R. Murrow once said. That’s true of all variety of Americans, including Muslim-Americans. Surely, they can survive the indignity of a mildly offensive bus ad.

What we can’t survive is an attempt, however small, to chip away at the First Amendment.

The same First Amendment protecting Pamela Geller’s marketing effort also protects Muslims’ right to build the Park51 Community Center, even though some people want to protect from redevelopment the hallowed ground of Manhattan’s bankrupt Burlington Coat Factory.

This is also the same First Amendment that allows reasonable Americans of good will to call out Geller and her ilk (be it Pastor Terry Jones or the Thomas More Law Center’s Richard Thompson) as little better than shaved and fumigated Klansmen ginning up hate against a group of American citizens who pose no more of a threat to this nation than the Knights of Columbus.

In the false Clash of Civilizations that occupies so much of the feeble brains belonging to both Islamists and Christianists, we should all choose the proverbial “C”…the rights and values laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

UPI headline calls us "anti-Muslim." I am counter jihad, not anti-Muslim. I love people. I fight extreme, misogynist, genocidal ideologies. These ads save lives.

DETROIT, April 2 (UPI) — A judge has ruled an anti-Muslim group has the First Amendment right to run ads on public buses in the Detroit area.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative went to court after the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority refused to accept the ads, The Detroit News reported. The initiative is run by Pamela Geller, who also heads Stop Islamization of America and is one of the most vocal opponents of the so-called ground-zero mosque in New York.

U.S. District Judge Denise Hood granted Geller's group a preliminary injunction Thursday.

"This is a huge win, not just for us, but for the First Amendment," Geller said on the initiative's Web site.

The ads, to be run on the side of buses, say: "Fatwa on your head? Leaving Islam? Refuge from Islam.com. Got questions? Get answers!"

Victor Begg, an adviser to the Council of Islamic Relations of Michigan, said Muslims who want to leave the faith are free to do so. He called the ads "another example of a hate group taking advantage of the First Amendment."

The mind reels. Kudos to Crains for objective, responsible reporting:

Judge rules against SMART in suit over Muslim-defector bus ads‎ – Crain's Detroit Business

U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood this week granted a preliminary injunction in favor of the American Freedom Defense Initiative; its executive director, Pamela Geller; and an associate director after hearing legal arguments last July.

The organization, through its attorneys at the Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center, sought to reverse the authority's refusal to display billboard ads stating: "Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get Answers!"

A fatwa is a religious decree or opinion from a qualified Islamic cleric about the duty of Muslims on a specific subject. Certain fatwas from radical segments have been known in the past to sanction killing a nonbeliever.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, which opposed "Islamic supremacism" and offers to help Muslims leave the faith through its website, brought a lawsuit last March against SMART, General Manager John Hertel and Marketing Program Manager Beth Gibbons.

The authority denied its application for billboard space on vehicle exteriors that SMART sells through CBS Outdoor Inc., citing a content restriction policy that bars advertising for "political or political campaign advertising" or ads that are "likely to hold up to scorn or ridicule any person or group of persons," according to court records.

Hood ruled this week that the American Freedom Defense Initiative had a chance of proving in court that it had suffered "irreparable harm" from a First Amendment violation.

"Given the arbitrary nature of SMART's policy and decision-making practices, (the American Freedom Defense Initiative and its directors) have a high likelihood of succeeding on the merits with respect to whether the restriction of their speech was unreasonable in this case," the ruling states.

Court grants preliminary injunction on anti-Islam ad‎ – Michigan Messenger

The ad says: “Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get Answers!” It also contains the website address for the organization.

Ironically, an earlier ad placed on SMART buses by the Detroit Coalition of Reason, a collection of atheist, freethinker and humanist groups, was a key factor in the ruling. That ad said: “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.”

The judge’s ruling was almost inevitable. SMART is a government agency that has allowed other groups to place controversial political and religious ads on their buses. It cannot, under numerous precedents, reject an ad based on its political or religious viewpoint or content.

US judge rules for Muslim defector bus ads‎ – Wall Street Journal

The advocacy group says the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation violated the group's First and 14th Amendment rights by rejecting the ads it submitted May 12.

"There is a strong likelihood," the judge wrote, that the ad's promoters could show that the bus company's decision to reject the ads "was not reasonable but rather arbitrary and capricious." Hood set a conference on the case for April 11.

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Richard Thompson, president of the Ann Arbor-based center, said Hood's decision "represents a victory for free speech, but the battle is not over."

Thompson's group filed suit in U.S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of the group sponsoring the ads and group leaders Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Geller leads an organization called Stop Islamization of America, and Spencer is head of the group Jihad Watch.

The Detroit area has one of the nation's most concentrated Muslim populations. About 300,000 people in the area have roots in the Arab world.

The Michigan leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the ruling is not the end of the matter and said his group respects the legal process. Executive Director Dawud Walid said the American Freedom Defense Initiative's ads are "designed to promote Islamophobia."

"This organization has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group in the same way as the Ku Klux Klan," Walid said.

The ads are headlined, "Leaving Islam?" The text says: "Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Got questions? Get answers!"

Geller said the ads have run on buses in New York and Miami.

"I am thrilled, not just for the protection of free speech, but for those living in danger who will be helped by our freedom buses," Geller said in a posting on her website.

AFDI was not named as a hate group, but CAIR just lies and lies and lies and expects no one will call Dawud on his dawah.

Dawah (conversion) ads for Islam below —

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