Jun 26 2015
Self-proclaimed ‘Muslim victim’ jihadists fought hard to get Pamela Geller’s anti-Islam ads taken off NYC buses and subways…but now two Muslim ‘filmmakers’ are getting a taste of their own medicine. The operator of the MTA New York Subways claims the agency rejected the “The Muslims Are Coming” film advertisements under a rule that prohibits disputed political views.
Associated Press In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah claim the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is violating their First Amendment right to free speech. They argue the ads have nothing to do with politics.
The two created the advertisements to help promote their 2013 film, “The Muslims Are Coming.” They say the overall message of both the ads and the film is “that American Muslims are ordinary people.” (Well, that’s false advertising)
Farsad and Obeidallah said they paid the MTA nearly $15,000 to run the ads, which they were told would be put up in 140 subway stations in April. When the ads didn’t go up on the scheduled date, they called the MTA but didn’t hear back for several days — until they were told the ads would violate a policy that went into effect in the interim, which bans ads that are “political in nature.”
Glenn Katon, their attorney with the civil rights group Muslim Advocates, said the two “had a constitutional right to post the ads under the old policy.” He says the MTA reneged on the deal and now wants a federal judge to order the agency to put up the advertisements.
The ads include, among others, the phrases: “The Ugly Truth About Muslims: Muslims have great frittata recipes” and “Muslims!
They invented coffee, the toothbrush and algebra … Oh wait, sorry about the algebra. That’s a year of class you’ll never get back.” (Algebra was invented in India, NOT by Muslims)
“It’s comedic,” Obeidallah said. “What’s political about saying ‘Muslims like frittatas’ or have great frittata recipes?” (Nothing about Islam is comedic, certainly not its followers)