There is a victory to announce.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and its co-founders, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller filed suit against Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) refusal to run a “Stop the Islamic Jew-Hatred” advertisement on buses last year. Today AFDI won. This is the ad:
From Jihad Watch:
“Federal Judge Orders SEPTA to Display ‘Stop the Islamic Jew-Hatred’ Advertisement,” American Freedom Law Center, March 12, 2015:
Late yesterday, a federal judge sitting in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted the American Freedom Law Center’s (AFLC) motion for a preliminary injunction, holding that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) refusal to run a “Stop the Islamic Jew-Hatred” advertisement on its advertising space violated the First Amendment. As part of his ruling, the judge ordered SEPTA to run the ad. (Read the judge’s Memorandum Opinion here).
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, Robert Muise, and David Yerulshami freedom of speech was victorious! Thanks to all of you! Freedom of speech is not just for Muslim Brotherhood members or jihadists bent on killing, maiming and beheading innocent people.
The Jihad Watch article concludes with Mr. Muise pointing out how good it was to actually have a judge who went by the law. Mr. Yerushalmi pointed out how biased government transit authorities have been about the ads. Victory is sweet when the iron fist of the government is reigned back in.
The article concludes:
Robert Muise, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, commented,
“AFLC has made it clear in lawsuits across the country that government censorship of speech will not stand in the face of serious judicial scrutiny. Indeed, it is refreshing, but unfortunately rare these days, to have a case before a judge who is ‘compelled’ by the law and not by his only personal biases or political agenda when deciding important constitutional issues.”
David Yerushalmi, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, added,
“Across the country, we have successfully litigated cases where government transit authorities permit the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations to run ads misleading the public about Jihad and Islamic Jew hatred. When our clients run ads exposing this Jew hatred, all of a sudden the transit authorities are worried about the ‘tone’ of the conversation and attempt to shut it down. A word of advice to government bureaucrats doing the Muslim Brotherhood’s bidding: we will sue you and you will lose. Act accordingly.”
Until next time,