You can't walk down a single block in New York City without hating and being hated by at least a dozen people. I didn't think more hate could fit inside such a bustling metropolis, but I guess there's always a little more room in the city that never sleeps or stops smelling like feces.
According to The New York Times, an organization called the American Freedom Defense Initiative recently won a federal case stating that New York's MTA was in violation of the First Amendment when it rejected the posting of inflammatory anti-Muslim ads.
So what's in the ads that's so bad that it was deemed unworthy of public display in areas where homeless people go to the bathroom?
New Yorkers will soon encounter another potentially inflammatory rendering of Islam: an advertisement in the transit system that reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man."
It concludes with the words, "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad," wedged between two Stars of David.
Why do people who make anti-Islamic content always have to bring Jewish people into it? Do they think we're going to be like, "Oh, it's okay, they like Jewish people. They're totally not racists."
"I will never cower before violent intimidation, and stop telling the truth because doing so is dangerous," [Pamela Gellar, executive director of AFDI] said. "Freedom must be vigorously defended."
People don't have a problem with your freedom of speech. They have a problem with the fact that you're an asshole. Free speech allows me the right to pay for advertisements where I call Uggie, the dog from The Artist, the c-word. But I don't, because I'm not a dick and because I can't afford it.
I'm not saying you shouldn't be allowed to say whatever you want. All I'm saying is, for your own stake, try to be less of a terrible horrible human hate-monster. But if you choose to continue, get used to seeing your message defaced by crude drawings of penises.
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Tags: First Amendment, Islam, New York