Controversial ‘Defeat Jihad’ Ads Show Up on CTA Buses

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A controversial ad that a local Muslim organization is calling “racist” and the CTA is calling “divisive” popped up on 10 buses Wednesday.

“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad,” the ad reads.

The ad is financed by conservative blogger Pamela Geller and her organization, American Freedom Defense Initiative. It has caused controversy — and some legal challenges — in Detroit, New York City and Washington, D.C.

One of the group’s goals is to counter pro-Islamic bus and billboard campaigns with its own messages, Geller says on her blog.

Courts in other cities have agreed that the group violated anti-demeaning standards that are similar to the CTA’s, but that the First Amendment protected the ad.

The CTA agrees, and without a legal challenge, it’s allowing the ad to run on 10 buses for four weeks.

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