Pro-Israeli posters that verge on calling Muslims uncivilized savages now adorn New York’s busy Times Square and Grand Central subway stations, in another incendiary test of the limits of free speech (via Ads posted in New York subways test limits of free speech - The Globe and Mail)
- AFDI describes itself as a human-rights organization but has been dubbed a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks radical organizations.
- New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority reluctantly complied with a court order to post the advertisements on Monday, after losing a year-long legal battle. The ads are now on the walls in 10 of the city’s nearly 500 subway stations.
- “Our hands are tied,” said Aaron Donovan, an MTA spokesman. The ads had initially been rejected under the MTA’s prohibition on messages that “demean people on the basis of their race, sex, religion, national origin or other group classification,” but the court ruled those restrictions violated the First Amendment free-speech guarantees in the U.S. Constitution.
- In her spirited defence of the posters’ message on her blog, AtlasShrugs2000, Ms. Geller said the furor surrounding the ads exposed the violent tendencies of anti-Israeli groups.
“AtlasShrugged2000”? Another Ayn Rand fan. That explains it..
Anything goes in the New York Subway.