New York City’s MTA had refused to run this anti-mosque ad, which was created by a thinly veiled hate group — “SIOA,” or “Stop Islamization* of America.” These jackoffs are leveraging 9/11 to stop the building of a mosque near Ground Zero (as if doing so would metaphorically or pragmatically mean anything to anyone):
*not a real word
(Irony isn’t even trying anymore.)
Well, now the MTA has caved. Said hate group filed a law suit claiming breech of First Amendment rights, the MTA doesn’t want to deal with the cost and hassle of such a suit, so New Yorkers — and the rest of us, by extension — will now have to endure this blight on our culture.
Here’s a well-constructed video piece put together by PIX News in NYC:
Quick news flash for David Yerushalmi and Pamela Geller: This has nothing to do with the First Amendment. A media source can deny any content they want, for any reason. If some extremist Jewish group wanted to run an ad depicting the baby Jesus on fire beneath the headline, “Some of us don’t want YOUR Christmas,” and the MTA rejected it, no one would say a damn thing about a First Amendment violation.
Now, if a member of same wants to stand on a soapbox at the corner of 53rd and 6th, and hold up a poster of said ad and preach his case, the First Amendment protects his right to do THAT. But the founding fathers in no way seemed concerned with one’s ability to purchase media fairly and squarely.