Geller: My Jihad Is To Post Hate Speech on Buses To Assault Public Sensibilities and Call It Free Speech
In a questionable victory for blessed "freedom," a judge last week ruled that New York buses must run the uber-Zionist American Freedom Defense Initiative's new Islamophobic "Killing Jews" ads - the court's abbreviated name for them - that brutally spoof a legit ad campaign to “take back Islam from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike.” The original #MyJihad campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations was aimed at supporting and explaining the concept of “lesser jihad,” or the daily struggle by ordinary Muslims to live better lives and promote tolerance. Outraged at the notion that millions of Muslims don't in fact want to annihilate Western civilization as we know it, the Initiative's virulently right-wing Pam 'Atlas Shrugs' Geller - whose website repeatedly, frantically posits "the Qur’an’s last word on jihad (as) perpetual war against unbelievers" - created a series of new ads featuring particularly egregious quotes from Islamic extremists, including the infamous, “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah.” Similar ads had earlier run in Chicago and San Francisco, but New York's MTA refused to run the ad, and the group sued.
Judge John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York ruled that the ads, however odious, are "still entitled to First Amendment protection” and that there is "no evidence that seeing one of these advertisements on the back of a bus would be sufficient to trigger a violent reaction" - the only condition under New York law that would allow them to be banned. In a singularly uncomforting argument, he added that in a city that's pretty much cool with anything, transportation officials “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements.” In response to the ruling, Mayor Bill de Blasio ripped the ads as "outrageous, inflammatory and wrong," meant only to "divide and stigmatize," while more than one observer noted they "may be legal, but they're disgusting,"
The "Killing Jews" case represents the group's third lawsuit against the MTA focused on ad campaigns, including that odious anti-Palestinian one a couple of years back that proclaimed, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man." It's also the ninth suit against a transit authority, including those in Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Boston; explains Geller, “I like the bus purely as a marketing vehicle.” The innocent and possibly fair-minded citizens riding those marketing vehicles, however, might not like her hijacking them as a means of spewing her loathsome bile. Thankfully many others, including Jews, have called out her hate-and-fear-mongering.
Geller called her latest legal victory "a triumph for liberty and free speech." The Initiative describes itself as a nonprofit organization “dedicated to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and individual rights under the law.” But here's what's weird: When did those noble concepts of "liberty," "free speech," "freedom of conscience" and "individual rights" come to mean fighting for the ignoble right to say vile things about Muslims? From George Orwell: "Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." And from one contributor to the #MyJihad hashtag: "My jihad is to love even those few who are hard to love."