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Geller: 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Sharia, Bans Seattle Counter-Terror Ad

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Every report on yesterday’s ruling is wrong. Every news report is factually incorrect on every level.

Geller: 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Sharia, Bans Seattle Counter-Terror Ad
By Pamela Geller, Breitbart News, August 12, 2015

The clowns on the 9th Circuit court have ruled that an FBI global terrorism ad poster cannot run because it might upset Muslims.This all started back in 2013, when the FBI was running a terrorism awareness campaign featuring bus ads depicting photos of sixteen of the world’s Most Wanted Terrorists.

This was a publicity campaign sponsored by the Joint Terrorism Task Force for the State Department’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program. The ad featured the world’s leading global terrorists. As it happened, all but one were Muslim. Islamic supremacists and their leftist lapdogs demanded the want ad come down, claiming it was insulting to Muslims. The FBI caved and pulled the Seattle-area bus ads featuring the “Faces of Global Terrorism” after receiving complaints “that the ads stereotype Muslims.”

My organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), believed that this public awareness message was critical to national security and should run. We are constantly being clubbed with the claim that “moderate Muslims” abhor and reject the acts of terrorism that are constantly committed in the name of their religion, so why would they object to a wanted poster featuring Islamic terrorists who supposedly have twisted and hijacked their peaceful religion? Why would “moderate Muslims” provide cover for jihad terror? Why, indeed.

AFDI submitted a virtual copy of the FBI ad to run on Seattle transit. The cowards at Seattle King Metro refused to run the ad, claiming that it was disparaging to Muslims. Reality is disparaging to Muslims?

We sued Seattle King Metro. Predictably, the liberal fascists in Seattle sided with the supremacists. We appealed to the clowns on the notorious 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. And now they, as expected, ruled in favor of sharia and supremacism.

Of all the free speech legal battles I am embroiled in, this one is the most absurd. It illustrates the crippling submission and capitulation of government authorities to Islamic supremacist demands. In this ruling, Judge Susan Graber presented the facts in a ridiculously skewed manner: “The FBI is not offering a reward up to $25 million for the capture of one of the pictured terrorists,” she claimed in her ruling. “The FBI is not offering rewards at all, and the State Department offers a reward of at most $5 million, not $25 million, for the capture of one of the pictured terrorists.” She went on to claim that we had not refuted “those basic facts,” which she claimed was “beside the point.” She asserted that it was “indisputable that Plaintiffs’ proposed ad is plainly inaccurate as a simple matter of fact.”

Everything Graber says here is absurd. Yet AP said in the same vein: “The FBI is not offering rewards at all, and the State Department offers a reward of at most $5 million, not $25 million, for the capture of one of the pictured terrorists.” It added that “the judges said Metro’s rejection ‘likely was reasonable.’ ‘Nothing in the record suggests either that Metro would have accepted the ad with the same inaccuracy if only the ad had expressed a different viewpoint or that Metro has accepted other ads containing false statements,’ the ruling said.”

The truth, however, is that we simply ran the FBI ad, with no substantive changes. Seattle Metro accepted the FBI ad and then rejected ours after the FBI caved to Muslim demands to take the ad down. The AFDI ad is exactly the same as the FBI ad that was taken down, except for the attribution and the background color. We didn’t change the amount of the reward for capture of the terrorists, or the source of that reward: our information came straight from the FBI ad, and any assertion to the contrary is a product of Graber’s febrile imagination.

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The mainstream media, meanwhile, is just as clueless and compromised. The Associated Press piece that the Seattle Times picked up bore the headline, “Federal court: Anti-Muslim group can’t post ads on buses.” (I was not called for comment — of course.)

The headline reads “anti-Muslim” when in fact we are not anti-Muslim but anti-jihad – that is, against the jihad terrorism that we are always told Muslims in the U.S. reject. But quisling members of the mainstream media can’t say that we are anti-jihad, because most people are anti-jihad, and they want to make sure that no one sympathizes with a cause they have deemed outside the bounds of political correctness.

The AP article read: “The group — whose leader, Pamela Geller, organized the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas that exploded in violence in May — has similar bus ads in other cities and has gone to court with mixed results after some transportation officials rejected them.” Our contest didn’t “explode in violence,” it was attacked by Islamic jihadists. And it wasn’t called the “Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest.” We don’t recognize Muhammad as a prophet. Is the AP a Muslim media company? Does it refer to Jesus Christ as “our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”?

AP also claimed that our law firm, the American Freedom Law Center, “has a mixed record on court fights over ads in other cities.” Is a record of consecutive wins a “mixed record”? We won them all — with exception of Boston. We won Detroit, they appealed, and we are still in the throes of that process.

Also, why didn’t AP show the actual ad, so that people could make their own judgments?

We will never give up fighting for the freedom of speech and we will never stop telling the truth about the global jihad. We will appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here. Like her on Facebook here.

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  • StanS

    Isn’t the photo, 4th from the left, Barack Obama?

  • pdxnag

    Tactical error not to replace 25 million with 5 million and resubmit. Even today.

    • RCCA

      Also, at this point the poster is outdated. Updated list and photos: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists/@@wanted-group-listing
      (no surprise, all but 2 are connected with Islamic terrorism groups)

      Rewards for domestic terrorists are offered by the FBI, but the rest are through the State Department Rewards for Justice Program. Max. award is $5 million.

      If you honestly believe that running the ad for public awareness is critical to national security then obviously providing the most accurate information is paramount.

    • donojibway

      If that is the technicality the 9th Circuit Court used to kill the ad, of course, you should resubmit with the correction. Call their bluff.

  • sandra schmidt

    Since there is now a split in the Circuits can you now take them to SCOTUS?

    • Betty4440

      gee Pam just make some long bumper stickers we will ride them around. any thing is better than nothing. and with a lot of luck it will be in all 50 states. or could that be 57 states? hahahahahah obama.

  • vonrock

    These loose dogs are snakes.

  • Butseriously

    Does it mean ads that describe Bin Laden as a terrorist will be forbidden because it insults all Muslims? What’s the difference in describing other terrorists by name, as was in your ad?

  • enubus

    I always thought the San Francisco based 9th circuit was loony, but this is beyond insane. The bright spot is that SCOTUS reverses the 9th 80% of the time.

  • hal8196

    Seattle will reap what they sow.

  • Dorrie

    Seattle has been slipping into the sewer for decades. They are a stronghold for Satanic worship groups and NOT a place I’d want to live OR visit!

    • Betty4440

      glad I don’t live in Tacoma any more. was their in the early 60’s military. I never wanted to go back.even at the time it wasn’t bad. but it has bad memories for me.

  • guest

    You can’t be anti-jihad without being anti-Moslem. Jihad is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

    Islam is a death-cult, a terrorist religion that seeks to drag the entire world back to the Iron Age at gunpoint. A “terrorist” is a “moderate Moslem” who’s picked up his AK47. A “moderate Moslem” is a terrorist who hasn’t picked up his AK47 yet.

    We are at war with all of them, and the war will not end until we or they join the dinosaurs in extinction.

  • paendragon

    Islam shouldn’t be allowed because it’s hate-crime death-threats might upset “infidels!”

    • jacks

      islam peace always

  • paendragon

    AP = “Allah’s Party!” (In Arabic, that’s Hizbo-allah or “Hizbollah”)!

    ;-)

  • Tommy Guns

    The bus ad is basically a huge ‘Wanted’ poster. I don’t see the words ‘muslim’, ‘jihad’, ‘islam’, anywhere on this ad. So why would muslims be offended?? Don’t they want to catch dangerous criminals?? Does the 9th Circuit Court want to see terrorists run free?? Should we worry if someone is offended, when fighting extremists is a matter of life and death???? When political correctness trumps life saving action, clearly there is something wrong with this country!!!!

  • Jeff Ludwig

    Keep going Pamela. I’m praying for you and so are many many others.

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