Miami-Dade Transit to remove `offensive’ Islamic bus ads
[LEFT] Miami-Dade Transit is pulling advertisements from 10 buses that South Florida Muslims have said are offensive to Islam.
The ads, which went up Tuesday, said
Fatwa on your head? Is your community or family threatening you?'' and directed Muslims to a website encouraging them to leave Islam. Robert Spencer, associate director of New York-based Stop the Islamization of America, which purchased the ads for one-month as the first leg of a national campaign, said they wereoffered in defense of religious liberty.’’
But on Thursday, Miami-Dade Transit spokeswoman Karla Damian said that after reviewing the ads, the department decided they ``may be offensive to Islam’’ and would remove them before the buses ran on Friday.
The theory, at least, is that transit authorities accept ads on a content-neutral basis, i.e., accept ads from anyone; Christian, atheist, Mormon, &c. and in fact the ad above was a response to a pro-Islamic ad that ran on Miami-Dade buses last year.