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Group behind anti-jihad ads challenges MTA ban
by Rebecca Harshbarger and Rich Calder
The group that wants to run an anti-Muslim ad on city buses filed a letter in Manhattan federal court on Thursday charging that their ad is a public service and the MTA's new policy violates its constitutional rights.
Judge John Koeltl ruled earlier this month that the MTA had to run an ad by The American Freedom Defense Initiative that read "Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah," as well as "That's His Jihad. What's yours?"
On Wednesday, the MTA banned all political, religious, and opinion ads from the transit system following a fierce debate among officials over the First Amendment.
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