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Court Rules 'Killing Jews is Worship' Ad Allowed on Buses

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Apr 22
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Ads that read “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah,” will be allowed on New York City buses, after a court ruling. The ads, which were called “offensive” by a judge were deemed acceptable due to First Amendment protection. 


Christian Today reports the ads were made by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, a group who "acts against the treason being committed by national, state, and local government officials, the mainstream media, and others in their capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, the ever-encroaching and unconstitutional power of the federal government, and the rapidly moving attempts to impose socialism and Marxism upon the American people".


The New York Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) argued that the ads were demeaning and “savage.” 


Ultimately, Judge John Koeltl said that the MTA officials, "underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements"


"Moreover, there is no evidence that seeing one of these advertisements on the back of a bus would be sufficient to trigger a violent reaction. Therefore, these ads—offensive as they may be—are still entitled to First Amendment protection,” he continued. 


The same ads run in Chicago and San Francisco, according to Christian Today. 



Publication date: April 22, 2015