‘MICHIGANISTAN’ Shocker! Ann Arbor Bus System rejects Anti-Israel Ad

imagesThe agency that runs the bus system in the town of Ann Arbor, Michigan has revised its ad policy but says it still won’t accept an anti-Israel ad because it violates two provisions of its policy: that the advertisement be in ‘good taste’ and that it ‘not contain any scorn or ridicule.’

Algemeiner  (h/t Catherine) In January of 2011, the Ann Arbor Transit Authority declined an advertisement purchased by Blaine Coleman to be featured on the side of an Ann Arbor bus. The ad had a skull and bones and said, “Boycott ‘Israel.’ Boycott Apartheid.”

In September 2012 U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled that AATA’s advertising policy was unconstitutional. After revising its policy and revisiting the advertisement earlier this month, the AATA upheld its decision not to run it, noting it still ridiculed an individual or group and remained in violation of their advertising standards.

“We felt like the ad was demeaning and offensive of a certain group and was outside our standards as the AATA,” AATA Chairman Charles Griffith said in an interview with The Michigan Daily. “We reserve the right to reject advertisements that are outside our standards and stand by our decision.”

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17 comments on “‘MICHIGANISTAN’ Shocker! Ann Arbor Bus System rejects Anti-Israel Ad

  1. OT Can you post this Bonni, here or elsewhere?
    It’s from an otherwise laudable VT article on WWII Spitfires:

    [HF, no I will not. I deleted that link. ‘Veterans Today’ is a very anti-America/anti-Israel group and I’m not even sure they are really veterans. It’s like the group called Jewish Voice for Peace (or something like that) who are more like Muslims than they are Jews. –BNI]

  2. Something just occurred to me…they might be turning this one down because they know if they allow it, Pamela Gellar will have a counter-ad, and if they won’t run her counter-ad, she’ll take them to court.

  3. It would be different, wouldn’t it, if Ann Arbour would agree to post the Mohammed cartoons on all the buses… I’m for free speech and have always admired how Jews tolerate all the tired old blood libel propaganda. But I’m for free speech for everyone including the right of cartoonists to lampoon Islam without fear of a fatwa being issued on their lives, their homes burned down, their families threatened, the right of Salman Rushdie to write fiction without needing to go into hiding afterward and for the Refusenik to write her book, the Trouble with Islam, without needing to hire a 24-hour body guard and to flee her homeland of Canada.

  4. Bravo Ann Arbor, the guy that wanted to place the ad doesn’t know what apartheid is I would guess. He just picked up some lingo and went to try to stir some shit. Or he is related to some asslifters.

    • Right on Carol; this IS the right kind of “change” for a change! Too bad the City of Dearbornistan doesn’t get the message…..but, THAT is probably because it is dominated by Anti-Jewish, Anti-American Muslimes with even the Dearborn Police being either part of them or their useful idiot dhimmis!!

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