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'Defeat Jihad' ads cause stir in D.C.
by Burgess Everett and Adam Snider
A "defeat jihad" advertisement that represents the latest clash between the nation's commitment to free speech and its responsibility to protect against terrorism is headed to a D.C. district court this week — and possibly to Metro stations.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative, an advocacy group that warns against the Islamization of America, submitted advertisements for the New York City subway and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system. The proposed advertisement reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man," with the tagline: "Support Israel/Defeat Jihad."
Both transit providers deemed the ads incendiary, but after a delay and a court decision the ads are up in New York. On Thursday, an injunction hearing will determine if the same posters will come to the nation's second-busiest subway system, too.
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