AFDI vs. Boston Transit

New York?
Teeing up Seattle and San Francisco (more on that later).

And now Boston.

Our battle with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority rages on. The MBTA rejected our pro-Israel ad after running particularly antisemitic ads on city buses. After refusing our ads, the MBTA allowed another four vicious libels to run against the tiny Jewish state — those ads here.

MBTA, hate Jews much?


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Federal Appeals Court in Boston to Hear Argument in Case Involving the MBTA’s Censorship of Anti-Jihad Advertisements

Boston, Massachusetts — On Monday, October 6, Robert J. Muise and David Yerushalmi, Co-Founders & Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), a national, nonprofit Judeo-Christian law firm, will be presenting oral argument before a three-judge panel in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in two First Amendment cases that have been consolidated on appeal.

In this appeal, AFLC is requesting that the First Circuit reverse two lower court decisions that permitted the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to censor the display of pro-Israel / anti-jihad advertisements on its public buses.  The MBTA rejected the advertisements, claiming that they demeaned and disparaged Muslims.

AFLC filed the two lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on behalf of the ads’ sponsors, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), a pro-Israel advocacy group, and its executive directors, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.  The lawsuits challenge the MBTA’s speech restrictions under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.  In each case, AFLC filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, requesting that the court immediately order the MBTA to display the advertisements.  The district court denied the motions, ruling that in light of a prior controlling decision from the First Circuit, the MBTA’s rejection of the advertisements was “reasonable.”  Seeking to test the First Circuit’s precedent, AFLC immediately appealed both rulings, and the First Circuit consolidated the two cases.

The two ads at issue appear below:

Hearing Information

Date:               Monday, October 6, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.

Judges:            The Honorable Sarah L. Lynch; the Honorable Norman H. Stahl; and the Honorable David J. Barron.

Case:               American Freedom Defense Initiative, et al. v. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, et al.


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