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AFDI ads banned but New York’s MTA must run ‘Muslim’ ads in subways: judge

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The courts are playing fast and loose with our First Amendment rights, again. Having been in the middle of the free speech fight now for the better part of ten years, I can tell you that we are witnessing the shredding of our constitutional rights.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to run a series of dishonest advertisements promoting Islamic agitprop in the subway.

A little background: Earlier this year the NYC MTA lost when we sued them for refusing to run our ads designed to increase public awareness of the jihad threat. In response to our victory, the MTA banned all political and issue-related ads and refused to run the ads.

Well, the Muslims weren’t having any of that. Under the new ban, they were prohibited from running their ads as well. They sued to get their propaganda up on NYC’s MTA systems. Make no mistake. Their ad is political, their “movie” is agitprop for Islam under the guise of — you guessed it — “islamophobia.” If that’s comic, no one is laughing.

The Muslims sued. And yesterday they won (of course), which shows how utterly corrupt the system is. A federal judge on Wednesday ordered New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to allow these dissemblers to run a series of advertisements promoting their film “The Muslims Are Coming!” in the subway. And no, it’s not a film about the current invasion of Europe. It’s political propaganda, a long diatribe about “islamophobia,” despite the obvious advantages of their status.

“The Muslims Are Coming!” poster campaign was a response to AFDI ads.

Their ads can run, but ours can’t? This is exactly why the First Amendment was enshrined in our Constitution — because who would decide what’s good and what’s forbidden? Sharia-compliant judges?

I am glad they won. You can bet we will be back in court. This is highly discriminatory and prejudicial. Please contribute to the fight.

Sharia in action.

And the NY media’s narrative on this reads like al Jazeera.

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“New York’s MTA must run ‘Muslim’ movie posters in subways: judge,”  | By Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, October 7, 2015

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to let filmmakers run a series of lighthearted advertisements promoting their film “The Muslims Are Coming!” in the subway.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan is a defeat for the MTA, which in April banned political ads from buses and subways after another judge ordered it to display a controversial ad from an anti-Muslim group.

McMahon granted a preliminary injunction requiring the MTA to display Vaguely Qualified Productions LLC’s ads for its film for 28 days, and said the studio had “established a clear or substantial likelihood of success on the merits” of its lawsuit.

Ads for “The Muslims Are Coming!” contained what filmmakers Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah considered tongue-in-cheek statements such as “The Ugly Truth About Muslims: Muslims have great frittata recipes” and “Those Terrorists Are All Nutjobs,” with “nutjobs” replacing the crossed off “Muslim” to be “more accurate.”

The film also features commentary from people like Lewis Black, Rachel Maddow, Russell Simmons and Jon Stewart.

McMahon said the MTA did not show that the ads were political, or exercise “viewpoint neutrality” in excluding them.

She noted that the agency recently ran ads for CNN coverage of a Republican presidential debate, including quotations from candidates like Ohio Governor John Kasich.

“An arbitrary conclusion by some official at the MTA, untethered to any articulated or articulable standard, that an advertisement including the word ‘Muslims’ is ‘political,’ is utterly unreasonable,” McMahon wrote.

“Indeed,” she added, “the evidence before the court plainly indicates that VQP’s silly advertisements were subject to greater scrutiny than other potentially controversial ads.”

MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said the agency is reviewing the decision.

“We’re very pleased,” said Glenn Katon, a lawyer for Vaguely Qualified, in an interview. “Just because you have something comedic that refers to ‘Muslims’ or ‘Islam’ doesn’t make the subject matter controversial or political. The judge got that.”

Vaguely Qualified sued on June 25, six days after U.S. District Judge John Koeltl let the MTA under its new policy reject an ad from the American Freedom Defense Initiative that criticized Hamas and referred to Muslims killing Jews.

Koeltl had previously ordered the MTA to accept the ad from the anti-Muslim group, prompting the policy change. The American Freedom Defense Initiative is appealing Koeltl’s latest ruling.

The case is Vaguely Qualified Productions LLC v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 15-04952.

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