Supreme Court takes a pass on first amendment case, won’t rule on Pamela Geller’s appeal over free speech ads


Cowed by Islamic supremacy, not one media outlet dared to run a photo of our ad. They are all bamboozled, sharia-compliant. Which is why the ad must run. Not one media outlet reported it as a free speech case. Instead it was all “prophet Muhammad.” More bowing and scraping. He’s not my prophet and I am sure writers of these articles are not Muslim, so he’s not their prophet either. They certainly don’t refer to Jesus Christ as ‘lord and savior” on the rare occasion they write about him.

The fight is far from over.  The Supreme Court decision was expected. My esteemed lawyer, Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center explains:

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“This important First Amendment case is far from over. It is likely that the Supreme Court denied review because the D.C. Circuit reversed, in part, the lower court’s ruling in WMATA’s favor on whether its rejection of AFDI’s ad was ‘reasonable’ under the First Amendment in light of recent precedent, remanding the case back to the district court for its opinion on the issue. We argued that the high court should take up the case regardless because the issue was a legal one. However, the Supreme Court typically wants to hear the views of the lower courts on an issue before deciding it. Consequently, if we don’t prevail on the ‘reasonableness’ issue in the district court, we will file another appeal to the D.C. Circuit and then petition the Supreme Court once again if necessary.”

We prevailed in part in the D.C. Circuit on whether the rejection of our free speech ad was reasonable. The case was remanded back down for that determination but then stayed because the Archdiocese case was working its way up to SCOTUS (as noted in the ad). So rather than waiting for the Archdiocese case (which is a Paul Clement case—former Solicitor General—so there is a likelihood the Court will grant it), we filed a cert petition on our and similar claims since the case was stayed. The Court denied our petition. So we have to wait for the Archdiocese case to work its way through the system until the stay in our case is lifted.

Every major city has instituted the Geller ban on free speech.

Supreme Court won’t hear case of right-wing group denied ad space for poster of Muhammad in D.C. subway system

  • The Supreme Court declined an appeal from anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller 
  • Geller and her organization American Freedom Defense Initiative was denied ad space from the D.C. public transit
  • The ads depicted the Prophet Muhammed holding a sword that said, ‘You can’t draw me,’ and said ‘Support Free Speech’ across the top of the cartoon 
  • Geller claims the WMATA decision was in violation of her and her organization’s First Amendment rights 
  • The authority passed guidelines days after Geller’s submission that bars issue-oriented displays
  • Islam prohibits the depiction or drawing of Muhammed to prevent temptation of worshiping false idols over God 

The advertisements from Geller’s organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, were intended to appear in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority buses and dioramas, but were blocked.

The authority said it blocked Geller’s request to advertise due to guidelines that bar issue-oriented displays. The new guidelines were passed just days after Geller submitted the cartoon, which depicted Muhammad holding a sword and saying, ‘You can’t draw me.’

Across the top of the ad it says, ‘Support Free Speech,’ and now Geller argues that WMATA violated her and her organization’s first amendment right to freedom of speech when it refused to put up the ads in 2015.

Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller claims the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority violated her and her organization’s freedom of speech in rejecting its advertisement submission

Geller is known for her anti-Islam writings and holding a ‘Draw the Prophet’ cartoon contest in 2015. In Islam it is prohibited to depict the Prophet Muhammed to avoid temptation of worshiping a false idol

We never called it a “draw the prophet” contest. It was a free speech art exhibit.

Islam forbids drawings of the Prophet Muhammed. Much like other Abrahamic religions, Islam practices the worship of God alone, and rejects the idea of worshiping false idols.

 The prohibition of drawing or depicting Muhammed is to help avoid the temptation of followers worshiping the prophet instead of God.

Geller, who is Jewish, is now saying her and her organization’s rights are being violated by the D.C. public transit, claiming WMATA’s guidelines blocking issue-oriented displays are in violation of the First Amendment guarantee.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative accused the Washington D.C. public transit authority of adopting the guidelines so it could ‘silence the viewpoint’ it was expressing in the cartoon.

The group lost it’s lawsuit in federal court in the country’s capital.

It also lost its appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said the advertising space in WMATA was a nonpublic forum.

Geller is known for her anti-Islamic writings and stances. She sponsored the ‘Draw the Prophet’ cartoon contest in Garland, Texas in May 2015.

The day of the event, shots were fired resulting in the death of two of the suspects and injury of one Garland Independent School District police officer.

“Shots were fired.” From what? A machine? In the first islamic State attack on American soil ihadis opened fire on our event hoping to kill as many people a possible.

The political activist says her campaigns are to fight against the religion she believes is ‘creeping Sharia’ into the U.S.

The ads, which would appear in buses and metro dioramas, were a cartoon depicted the Prophet Muhammed holding a sword that said "You can’t draw me." It said “Support Free Speech,” across the top

The ads, which would appear in buses and metro dioramas, were a cartoon depicted the Prophet Muhammed holding a sword that said ‘You can’t draw me.’ It said ‘Support Free Speech,’ across the top

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