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The Big Story: MTA’s Free Speech Ban

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It’s a big story and well it should be. The West is lost. And horribly enough, it is, as predicted by jihadists and the hundreds of Muslims groups named in the largest terrorist funding trial in our nation’s history, “by its own hand.”

The Muslim Brotherhood Project in America: “The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”(more here)

Rewarding savagery with capitulation and fear will only bring more bloodshed and more terror. You haven’t seen anything yet ….

“New York transit system bans all political advertising on subways, buses,” Washington Post  – ‎45 minutes ago‎

“MTA bans political ads in transit system,” Rebecca Harshbarger, NY Post, April 29, 2015

The MTA approved a new policy on Wednesday that would exclude all political ads in the transit system.
The shift comes after a federal judge said last week that the MTA can’t block ads from the American Freedom Defense Initiative on its buses that read “killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah.”

Under the new guidelines, the MTA will only accept paid commercial advertising, public service announcements, and governmental messages.

“Hateful speech is not harmless speech,” said board member and Holocaust survivor Charles Moerdler, who compared the AFDI ads to the publication of “Mein Kampf” and genocide. “Only a fool or rogue would argue otherwise.”

Other MTA officials backed running the ads.

“We are stopping free expression of ideas to protect the public from reading ideas that may offend them,” said board member Jonathan Ballan. “We shouldn’t squelch free speech in an effort to protect our customers. That violates the constitution and the principles this country was founded on.”

Political ads bring in less than $1 million a year to the MTA — which took in $138 million in ad revenue in 2014.

It said the the policy will create a safe environment for riders and workers, and use less resources resolving disputes over political ads.

Pamela Geller of the AFDI started to denounce the decision but her microphone stopped working.

“You cannot shut this down,” she said during the meeting. “You call my ads hateful. These are actual quotes from high-profile Muslims. We need to have this conversation.”

They cut my mic – it didn’t “stop working.”
MTA Votes to Ban All Political Advertising After Judge OKs “Hamas Killing Jews …NBC New York – ‎2 hours ago‎

The resolution passed Wednesday by a vote of 9-2 at the MTA’s board meeting after the finance committee approved it earlier in the week. The cash-strapped agency says such advertising only accounts for less than $1 million of its annual advertising revenue …

International Business Times – ‎9 hours ago‎
The move comes after a judge allowed a pro-Israel group to display an advertisement with a phrase, “Hamas Killing Jews,” on New York City’s buses. The MTA said such advertisements accounted for less than $1 million of its annual advertising revenue of …
New York Daily News – ‎12 hours ago‎
“Advertisements expressing viewpoint messages, regardless of the viewpoint being expressed, would no longer be accepted,” the MTA’s general counsel, Jerome Page, told the committee on Monday. New York is following in the footsteps of cities including …
NY1 – ‎2 hours ago‎
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board on Wednesday voted in favor of banning political and opinion ads from subways and buses. The move comes after the agency tried to block a controversial ad about Islam from running on its buses.
NJ.com – ‎1 hour ago‎
Last week, a federal judge ruled the MTA had to allow an ad from a pro-Israel group that contained the words, “Hamas Killing Jews,” NBCNewYork.com said. The MTA previously argued the ads violated its “no demeaning language” policy. Now all ads …
Salon – ‎1 hour ago‎
This ruling comes just a week after heated debate erupted over the pro-Israel advocacy organization American Freedom Defense Initiative ordered the MTA to display a controversial ad which stated: “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah.

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