The NY Times writer who contacted me asked me for a copy of the ad. The old gray dhimmi did not see fit to print the drawing that is changing the very foundation of free speech in this country.
But vile Christian imagery — they can’t get enough. This is hardly the first time: NY Times Hypocrisy: Anti-Catholic ad vs Anti-Islam ad
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The New York Times’ hypocrisy regarding displays of “offensive” religious imagery runs unabated, as shown in a Scott Reyburn article in Friday’s Arts section on the sale of Chris Ofili’s controversial painting “The Holy Virgin Mary,” which shows the Virgin Mary clotted with elephant dung against a porn-collage background — and accompanied by a photograph of the offensive work.
Credit Remi Chauvin/MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Washington Bans Political Ads From Public Transit
WASHINGTON — Officials in Washington said on Friday that they had suspended all issue-oriented advertising in the public transit system because of fears that granting a request to display a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad would make the region’s buses and trains “a target.”
The ban, which will remain in effect through the end of the year, came a month after New York officials put a similar prohibition in place. Both transit systems acted after ads were submitted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a pro-Israel group that has placed provocative ads critical of Islam on buses and trains across the country.
The ad that the group sought to display in Washington featured a cartoon originally drawn for a contest this month in Garland, Tex., where two gunmen were shot and killed after opening fire on the police. The image shows a cartoonist drawing a sword-brandishing Muhammad who says, “You can’t draw me!”
“That’s why I draw you,” the cartoonist responds. The words “support free speech” are written in red block letters at the top of the ad.
Jack Evans, a City Council member who is also on the board of directors of the transit system, said that buses or trains with images of Muhammad could present a danger to passengers.
Pamela Geller, the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, called the actions in Washington “cowardly” and said she planned to pursue legal action.
“They are rewarding terror with submission,” Ms. Geller said. “The message is, terror works.”
Ms. Geller said that the decision in New York in April most likely inspired Washington’s step. “The New York move was chilling,” she said. “You see Washington literally followed suit.”
When the board of the Washington transit system voted unanimously for the ban on Thursday, no specific cartoon was mentioned, and the issue was not originally on the meeting’s agenda, said Mike Tolbert, a spokesman for the system.
The board’s chairman, Mort Downey, issued the motion to ban political, religious and advocacy advertising until the end of the year. The move will cost the system, which has suffered from budget shortfalls in recent years, about $1 million.
“During this period, the board will review what role such issue-oriented advertising has in WMATA’s mission to deliver safe, equitable and reliable transportation services to the nation’s capital,” the resolution said, referring to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Mr. Evans said that the system would most likely be able to make up the lost money from other types of advertising.
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