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?
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:
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.
The Truth Must be Told
Your contribution supports independent journalism
Please take a moment to consider this. Now, more than ever, people are reading Geller Report for news they won't get anywhere else. But advertising revenues have all but disappeared. Google Adsense is the online advertising monopoly and they have banned us. Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have blocked and shadow-banned our accounts. But we won't put up a paywall. Because never has the free world needed independent journalism more.
Everyone who reads our reporting knows the Geller Report covers the news the media won't. We cannot do our ground-breaking report without your support. We must continue to report on the global jihad and the left's war on freedom. Our readers’ contributions make that possible.
Geller Report's independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our work is critical in the fight for freedom and because it is your fight, too.
Please contribute to our ground-breaking work here.
Make a monthly commitment to support The Geller Report – choose the option that suits you best.