Monday, October 8, 2012

DC Metro must post controversial anti-Muslim ad at a few stations, by First Amendment

A federal judge has ordered the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or “The Metro”) to post controversial anti-Muslim ads in a few stations late today.

The Metro did not want to accept them, as it feared inciting incidents, given the recent experience with the anti-Muslin film in the middle East.

A federal judge ruled that a public agency had to accept them under the First Amendment.

The Huffington Post has a story and a picture of the ad at this link 

If I happen to get to one of the stations soon, I’ll snap a picture.  I wonder if it’s inappropriate to post it for “journalistic reasons”.

The ad speaks of Israel as “civilized” and its enemies as not.  That does not sound like a reasonable position, and it rather reeks of the “apartheid” that former president Jimmy Carter criticized in his book. 

Update: Oct. 11

I got up to the U-street station on the DC Metro Green Line. The controversial sign is on the east end of the platform, downtown bound.
The other nearby ad posters are indeed much more "uplifting", for instance (right behind this one):

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