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Seattle Metro’s Refusal to Run Anti-Jihad Ads By Geller Group Sparks Lawsuit

By David Neiwert on October 18, 2013 - 2:58 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Pamela Geller and her far-right Muslim-bashing organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, have announced they are striking back at “Sharia Enforcement” by suing the city of Seattle. Or someone.

In a press release earlier this week headlined “We Are Suing the City of Seattle,” Geller heralded the lawsuit by claiming that transit authorities in Seattle had refused one of the AFDI’s incendiary advertisements for their buses.

However, the lawsuit AFDI filed this week is actually against King County’s Metro Transit Authority, not the City of Seattle.

“Twelve years after the 9/11 jihad terror attacks, it has come to this: we have to file suit to fight against jihad terrorism, and the media calls us a ‘hate group’ for doing it,” Geller’s press release said.

As the release notes, the dispute revolves around a series of ads the AFDI purchased to appear on the sides of Metro buses. They featured mug shots of 16 “Faces of Global Terrorism” – all Arabic or black men – and all of whom are highly unlikely to be making appearances in Seattle anytime soon.

Previously, Metro had allowed the AFDI to run anti-Palestinian ads on some buses in response to similar ads run by pro-Palestinian groups. And it had run ads nearly identical to the “Faces” billboards when they were sponsored by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in June 2013. The JTTF, however, voluntarily removed those ads after U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, wrote a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller expressing concern. McDermott said the ads would “only serve to exacerbate the disturbing trend of hate crimes against Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim-Americans.”

Geller’s press release explains: “But then the leftists and Islamic supremacists complained that the ads were ‘Islamophobic,’ and they came down – and now  Seattle is refusing to allow my group, the AFDI, to put them back up. This is sharia compliance.”

Jeff Switzer, a spokesman for Metro, declined to comment on the pending litigation but said the ads were refused because of Metro’s longstanding policy of refusing ads if they are have false and misleading statements, demeaning or disparaging content, or material that might lead to service disruptions.

  • aadila

    Two long island iced teas, please.

  • Reynardine

    I knew a terrible old Moghul who could, but that is the exception. Start with tea.

  • aadila

    I know plenty of good muslims who can drink any buddhist under the table.

  • Reynardine

    Aadila: Not martinis. Tea is good.

  • aadila

    Sam, my sincere advice to you is sit down, have a Martini with some local Muslims, and find out your attitudes are terribly Medieval.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, how do you like it when people say all gay guys are swishes and pedophiles? Your statement, about over a billion people in the world, is as ignorant as that.

  • Aron

    Sam, look at the numbers. The fanatics are a tiny, tiny minority, regardless of what your JBS buddies tell you.

  • Kiwiwriter

    The only winners in this mess are the lawyers for the billable hours.

    I side with the transit authority.

  • Sam Molloy

    Aron, nobody would much mind if they still Dhimmi’d Jews like they used to. They could even Dhimmi Christians, like probably happened also when they were a bulwark of civilization and education. What we got now is uneducated fanatics who are the epitome of intolerance and brutality.

  • Reynardine

    They actually prevailed elsewhere on such a ground, but only, if memory serves me, on a local level. If there is recent history in the area of violence against Muslims, there’s a Beauharnais issue here.

  • Aron

    What can I say? I’m a dhimmi and dhimmied proud of it!