Why aren't Muslim Americans pushing for bus ads that feature Jews who collaborated with Hitler, or ads about Israel's Gaza massacres? — Perhaps it's because they have more integrity than the creeps who want to run anti-Islam ads.
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Anti-Islamic ads could soon be coming to Philadelphia public buses.
CBS Philadelphia reports that a federal court judge on Wednesday sided with a New Hampshire based non-profit on its claim that it has a first amendment right to run bus ads linking Muslims to Hitler.
The ads include images of Adolf Hitler and read "Islamic Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran." While they may be incendiary to some, a federal court judge wrote they're perfectly acceptable under the first amendment.
Muise represents plaintiff American Freedom Defense Initiative. The group has filed more than a half dozen lawsuits against transit authorities across the country over anti-Islamic ads. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority refused to run their ad saying it disparaged Muslims, but the court held the buses are public forums -- so SEPTA cannot censor AFDI's political speech.
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"He found the restriction on our client's speech to be content-based and unconstitutional," said Muise.
Muise says his clients hope to run the ad. Spokesperson Jerri Williams says SEPTA is disappointed, but is evaluating whether to appeal.