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Pamela Geller, Breitbart News: “AFDI Wins Important Free Speech Victory, But Opponents End Run Around the First Amendment”

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Check out Breitbart:

AFDI Wins Important Free Speech Victory, But Opponents End Run Around the First Amendment

By Pamela Geller, Breibart News, March 27, 2015

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller

Last week, my human rights organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), scored another major victory for truth and freedom in Philadelphia. The court ruled that our ads highlighting Islamic Jew-hatred and the Nazi-Islamic alliance, which had been previously denied, could not be prohibited. The judge ruled they had to run.

Victory! But don’t applaud too loudly. The Philly transit authority has declared they will no long accept political ads. The Geller Ban is back. This is not the first time city authorities have changed the rules in response to an AFDI free speech victory.

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Longtime supporters of my work are familiar with my numerous court cases in the defense of free speech. Now, after winning another such case, we are about to run our first ad campaign in Philadelphia, and apparently our last: the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday that SEPTA, the Philadelphia-area transit authority, would not appeal a federal court ruling saying that they had to run our ads – instead, they are going to change their rules to prevent all such ads from running in the future.

“New advertising standards,” said the Inquirer, “will be created to prohibit all political, public-issue, and noncommercial ads. By consistently refusing all such ads, SEPTA officials say, they will satisfy Goldberg’s concerns that selective prohibitions violated constitutional free-speech protections.”

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Time and time again, various city officials and dictatorial bureaucrats have censored or banned outright our ads of truth and freedom, while allowing the most fallacious and libelous anti-Jewish, pro-jihad message to run. The mainstream media piles on, as in the Philadelphia Inquirer story about this rule change, which calls our ads “virulently anti-Muslim,” without ever bothering to discover whether or not Islamic Jew-hatred really is in the Qur’an, or to consider whether it is really wise of the U.S. government to give aid to countries that encourage that hatred.

This is essentially soft sharia enforcement: the prohibition of any criticism of Islam and of anything offensive to Islam and Muslim sensibilities. It is completely contrary to both the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, and so time and time again, we sue and we win. And time and time again, instead of looking after the taxpayer coffers and protecting and defending our freedoms, the fat dictocrats in charge of city transportation agencies and other authoritarian bureaucrats squander tax monies on their legal fees (and ours), while working to abridge our freedoms.

Miami was the first city to change its rules, after the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) complained about our ads offering help to people who had been threatened by their families for leaving Islam. Then Chicago changed its rules after our campaign telling the truth about jihad ran to counter CAIR’s cynical, deceptive campaign sugarcoating the grim reality of jihad. New York considered changing its rules after the brouhaha over my ads calling for support of Israel and the civilized man over the savagery of the Palestinian jihadists, but the proposal was voted down, to the credit of the officials involved. Here is video of my appeal to the MTA asking that they not adopt these rule changes.

As this all unfolds anew in Philadelphia, not a single “journalist” in the mainstream media questioned even for a second the end-run around the First Amendment that these transit authorities are making by banning cause-related ads. I did three interviews on Thursday about our free speech victory in Philadelphia: for WPVI-TV, NJ.com, and the Inquirer, and not one of them mentioned me or quoted a single thing I said.

The Lockstep Monster. Only one point of view is allowed.

Bob Stewart of the Inquirer was apologetic, writing me after his story ran: “Unfortunately they halved my space for the story so it’s a squeeze job. I’m sure you know the deal.”

I responded: “Actually, Bob, I don’t know the deal. It is telling that not one of the publications that called me for comment used anything I said. Not one. Free press, indeed. It would be comical if the stakes weren’t so bloody high.”

And they are. While America sleeps, these rule changes are rendering the First Amendment a dead letter. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

  • Nathan

    Just open a shop and call it ‘Islam is death to America’ and advertise that shop. If they force you to run around, then run around!

    Great work BTW, keep it up!

    • pdxnag

      It can be a non-profit shop selling shirts and coffee mugs that say “Islam is death to America”, and bumper stickers that look just like the original ads.

      • You know. You guys may be on to something.Good idea!

        • Dr. Doomsday

          I could open a HAMburger joint next door!

          • Nathan

            Nah, It would bomb!

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    • jimbo

      Nathan, i like it a LOT !! its a great idea. go for it PAmela. fire retard leftist fire with fire. they deserve it, the f***ks.

      champion idea Nathan !! or one similar to it. what can the Philly board of leftards do about that ?????

  • cmh

    The ads must continue…. billboards etc…. if possible please don’t forget Canada.

  • Warren Raymond

    Horrible.

  • AHH!!!

    I’m old so I remember that Garrett Morris sketch on SNL, where he translated news into ebonics. I think Pam needs that done. She speaks so well, the 47% just tune her out.

  • Karen

    The court ruling is still an amazing defense of the 1st Amendment, nonetheless!! It sounds so trite to write this, but there is such a debt of gratitude owed to Ms. Geller. I believe one day America will realize this….

  • roccolore

    Free speech win = Hamas-CAIR loss.

  • JacktheRipper

    Personally, I don’t see this court decision as much of a victory. Defending the 1st amendment resulted in self-imposed sharia. Seems like more of a win for the enemy. And I have a sick feeling we’re going to see a lot more of this accommodation to islam in the future. Just sweep it under the rug and it will go away. But it won’t. We’ll end up like Europe before long, stuck with 50 million of these islamic haters. More riots, more lawsuits, more rapes, more dangerous enclaves, more intimidation, more fear, more terrorism, more child grooming, more sharia, more…of them.

    THE END

  • ClaudeinSocal

    Pamela Geller is the only voice of reason. But “Truth” continues to be the new hate speech. Team PG !

  • pennant8

    Very few people except for the readers of Atlas, and other similar sites have ever heard of the OIC. The OIC [Organization of the Islamic Cooperation] is made up of 56 Islamic states plus the PLO. It’s the largest voting bloc in the UN. For years they have been campaigning to make criticism of religion [read Islam] universally illegal. President wannabe, Hillary Clinton, endorses this idea.

    SEPTA’s plan to change their ad policy for all intents and purposes just endorsed the OIC campaign as well. They of course don’t realize this. Don’t be surprised if once this new policy goes into effect the OIC presents SEPTA with some sort of phony baloney award for anti-Islamophobia or some such nonsense. I can picture it now. Reps from the OIC alongside reps from CAIR and the front office people of SEPTA standing on stage accepting the award totally oblivious to the fact they have been played by some of the most sophisticated and dangerous grifters on the planet.

  • Lisa Miller

    Good work, Pamela. We rely on you to help stop this terror in our country!

    • JacktheRipper

      That’s asking an awful from one person! lol. I think she was hoping for a little help. ;)

  • American

    prohibit all political, public-issue, and noncommercial ads?.. Like Smokey the Bear?
    If they ban public service ads, the Gov’t would want to fight that, wouldn’t they??
    And what a loss of revenue, not a good business choice just to keep the truth hidden and doing the lawful thing.
    If the Judge ruled they had to run, then they don’t get to change the rules after the fact. They should be forced to run if the court ordered it. Right??

  • wtd

    Alter the ads to serve the commercial end…sell related posters, bumper stickers and books

  • Prinz Eugen

    The Dems have gradually been morphing into a Hate-the US coalition of constituents. They always supported communist revolutionaries around the world. But then with the recent resurrection of unholy jihad from islam, the west was befuddled. “W” knew they should be stopped, but fell way short of seeking “victory.” Instead, moslem enemies were put atop a pedestal. Despite the trials of WW II, the US now honors its enemies! Our inane Rules of Engagement reflect this suicidal policy!

    Then came mullah Barry Sotero and he turn ed the world upsidedown. Islam was now to be aided and abetted, and kept from all criticism. Barry has made enough islamic supremacist statements that should have led to his impeachment. His present “deal” (alliance?) with iran and threats vs. Israel should wake up our sleeping collaborating congress, but that seems a non-starter!

    I expect that if the sultan’s snit continues, we may be a Rose Garden
    ceremony with sultan Barry giving the Medal of Freedom to Himmler and Eichmann!

  • zelmer

    So does this mean they not accept any political ads including campaign ads during election years? I’d keep an eye on this one next year….

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