MTA Chairman: 'You Deal With A Free Speech Issue With More Free Speech'
CBS New York | September 27, 2012 3:20 PM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced a new disclaimer policy for controversial issue advertisements, just a week after losing a court battle to block one such advertisement.
The MTA had refused to run ads that compared Muslims to savages but a federal judge ruled against the agency, arguing that it would violate the First Amendment.
In response to the Jihad ad, a non-profit Christian group has announced it purchased advertising space in the New York City subway system for its “Love Your Muslim Neighbors” campaign.
Those ads are already running in several hotspots for religious tension across the country, according to the group Sojourners.
In a statement explaining the ad campaign, Sojourners president and CEO Rev. Jim Wallis said “when Jesus said, ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ he didn’t add stipulations. He didn’t offer any extra addendums or added qualifiers. Christians around the world need to put that into action as often as we can, especially where we see hatred like this.”
The group has already placed the ads in Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin.