Join the rising national opposition to the “Ground Zero Mosque”

Contributed By: Madeline Brooks

SIOA Lawsuit against NYC: Bloomberg’s MTA Refuses to Allow 911 Images: Bans Ground Zero Bus Campaign
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/08/sioa-lawsuit-against-nyc-bloombergs-mta-refuses-to-allow-911-images-bans-bus-.html

Today we filed a lawsuit against the city of New York. Here is the complaint: Download Complaint–FDIvMTA–Filed_Stamped

The city has refused to run my SIOA “Preservation of Ground Zero” bus campaign.

It seems that Mayor Bloomberg invokes certain freedoms when it serves his 2012 agenda. Doing away with term limits wasn’t enough (which is why we are still suffering under his no-salt, no-transfat regime). He is now widening his ayatollah-like power grab to imposing blasphemy laws (Islamic sharia laws) on the secular marketplace. Bloomberg’s frenzied push may have inspired Al-Azhar clerics to oppose the Ground Zero Mosque, calling it a “a zionist plot.”

Last month, I signed a contract with CBS Outdoor to run a “Preservation of Ground Zero” bus ad campaign. The campaign was paid for in full.

Here is the ad I submitted:

The ad was refused. I asked on what grounds. CBS Outdoor told me that the city said that “images of 911 were not allowed.” I was floored. I said, “It is American history. How can it be banned? What about Pearl Harbor? Is that censored too?” I said, “On what grounds is 911 images banned?” It is unconscionable. Will of CBS said, “You can’t run the plane.”

I asked CBS/MTA to provide me with the guidelines for these seventh-century censorship restrictions. They never did. And so, with the help of talented and singular Big Fur Hat, I removed the plane and submitted this ad with this note:

Will, Still waiting for the MTA guidelines. Please respond to my previous queries. Here is the new art …… please know that I strenuously object to you changing my artwork and my message in the process. It’s American history. I am floored. However, since you and/or the MTA are unwilling to change your position, I have no choice but to run the advertisement with your edits.

CBS refused this ad as well. They said I had to remove the smoke. “The smoke?”

When I spoke to CBS’s representative concerning the second rejection of my Ground Zero bus ad, he said that the MTA “doesn’t want to associate the new building with Ground Zero.” The showing of the burning buildings “hurts people.” “Hurts people?” I find bus ads proselytizing for Islam hurts apostates, are you going to take those bus ads down?

I said, “Are you saying images of the largest attack on American soil are censored?” Are Pearl Harbor images censored? Gettysburg,too?

He said, “The people behind the new building say it has nothing to do with Ground Zero.” I said, “So what? That’s what they say. Others think differently. You are telling me they have said it has nothing to do with Ground Zero. But they are on record repeatedly as saying they want it there for Ground Zero ‘healing’ and ‘outreach.'”

I said, “Who cares what they say, what do they (Imam Rauf and Daisy Khan) have to do with running my ad? They dictate what can and cannot run?”

He said, “It’s controversial.” I said, “How? Where are the guidelines that point to this, where are the guidelines that I have been asking for over a month? Give me the guidelines and I will adhere to them.”

He said “I have been having a hard time getting the guidelines out of the MTA.” I said, “A hard time? Aren’t they written somewhere or posted somewhere? What are they?”

I said, “What’s controversial? The ad merely says, ‘Why there?'” He said, “You are implying………..” I said, “Implying what? You are now going to tell me what I am thinking? Who is making these decisions? Who at the MTA or CBS is making these decisions? The MTA is a government agency — and you can’t provide me with guidelines but I am being held hostage to the capricious whim of some flak at the MTA? I am an advertiser. I bought and paid for an ad a month ago and you cannot point me to any substance or set of rules for the basis of ad rejection.”

I said, “I took out the plane as requested — now what’s the problem?” He said the flames. I said, “What would be ok? Just the towers alone?” He said yes. I said “OK, I will create another ad with just the towers.” He said, “Before you do that, let me run down the hall and ask if that’s OK.” I said, “With who?” He said, with his VP.

And so I took out the smoke and submitted this ad:

CBS, on behalf of the MTA, said, “Remove the plane.”

Will of CBS said he was “meeting obstacles” but he was “trying to help me.” He said, “Get me an ad a/s/a/p without smoke, without any flames — just the towers.”

And so, I submitted another planeless ad, stating emphatically,

“I object to this censorship, which is effectively editing the viewpoint I am attempting to express in my message, but if this is the only choice you are giving me, then run the ad without the plane. It’s a plane in the sky, far removed. Planes do fly in the sky.”

Needless to say, I am still awaiting approval from the MTA.

Today my legal team of David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise filed suit against NYC.

The complaint against the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has now been filed. It alleges violation of FDI’s (and Pamela Geller’s and Robert Spencer’s) Free Speech rights under the First & Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

In essence, and it is laid out clearly in the complaint with clear illustrations in the exhibits, the MTA decided that it was going to accept the “viewpoint” of Imam Rauf and his Islamist co-conspirators – to wit, that their plan to develop the Ground Zero Mosque has nothing to do with marking the “victory” marked by the destruction of human life and property on 9-11. Literally, the MTA made it its business to decide which of many viewpoints it would deem politically correct speech for advertisements on its buses.

What makes this jihad against free speech so egregious is that the MTA has run any number of controversial religious and political ads without batting an eyelid. But as soon as the Shariah-faithful cowed Mayor Bloomberg and the MTA into dhimmi-like submission, the First Amendment to the Constitution gave way to Shariah’s blasphemy laws. How long before the Mayor’s office begins issuing fatwas against those who dare counter the “noble and peaceful outreach” narrative?

Mr. Mayor and your colleagues at the MTA and the Landmark Commission: New Yorkers will not forget 9-11 and we will not be cowed into submission or silence. You might not want to hear our voices, but the federal courts will require you to listen. You claim the mantle of the Constitution as a basis for supporting a Shariah-Islamist mosque at Ground Zero, yet the MTA—a government agency of the City—cavalierly denies “infidels” freedom of speech. Enough is enough. (David Yerushalmi)

UNBELIEVABLE CENSORSHIP!Sign our petition and join the rising national opposition to the “Ground Zero Mosque”

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6 Responses

  1. ACTManhattan is staging a demonstration right at Ground Zero against the proposed Islamic community center and mosque that Imam Rauf and his Cordoba Initiative are backing.

    The purpose: Educate our fellow citizens about why they should oppose this project and show them how to contact elected officials to say NO. This is designed to be a peaceful demonstration giving us an opportunity to engage in conversation with other Americans about national security and national values. No loud speakers.

    The flyer: Email BJ for a flyer for you to print out. Forty copies is the suggested minimum.

    When: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 2 PM – 4 PM

    Where: Right in front of Ground Zero, at Church Street and Cortlandt Street, opposite the Century 21 Department Store.

  2. First comes Saturday, then comes Sunday” Important video.

    That’s an Islamic saying that means: First come the Jews and then come the Christians.

    This is a 43 minute video that should be watched.

    http://vladtepesblog.com/?p=22640

  3. Mayor Bloomberg was on a local radio show and said that those who oppose the ground zero mosque should be “ashamed of themselves”. He also said that he spoke to families of victims who he claimed said they support the mosque. While there may be some families who feel that way, the overwhelming majority of 9/11 families oppose the mosque. He then said our troops are fighting for religious freedom. But our troops are fighting against the jihadists that imam rauf represents. Rauf has advocated for sharia law which is the antithesis of what America stands for. This proposed mosque does not represent religious freedom, but rather an islamic triumph over America. And most astonishingly of all, Bloomberg said HE DOESN’T CARE WHERE THE MONEY IS COMING FROM! Unbelievable! In other words, it can be coming directly from al qaeda and it wouldn’t matter to Bloomberg apparently. How sickening that we are losing soldiers abroad fighting islamic jihadis while we give the islamic jihadis a victory shrine here at home, near where they attacked us.

  4. WTF is going on here? Seriously anyone know?
    I am so very concerned. I heard today the Mayor
    Said it would be UNAMERICAN to ask where the
    Funding is coming from. This is unbelievable.

  5. Muslims Know the Symbolism of the Ground Zero Mosque – HUMAN EVENTS

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=38360

  6. If. Imam Rauf and his crazy wife Daisy claim Islam
    is not responsible for 911 then how come Islam is
    Offended by …a plane flying into the WTC and
    Smoke and Fire?
    Let’s recap Sept 11,2001 Two commercial airlines
    Carrying civilians were flown into the WTC, there
    were explosions, flames and smoke. Islamic
    Terrorists claimed responsibility for the death
    and destruction.
    So now showing planes flying into the WTC with
    Flames and smoke is forbidden? Asking WHY HERE
    to an Islamic Mosque being built on the site is also
    Taboo. The want the towers shown as they were
    Prior to 911? Pretending they are still there?
    No they are gone, along with the lives of 3,000 people
    massacred there. They are gone because airplanes
    were flown into them by Islamic Jihadists.
    Maybe they want to pretend that the Burlington
    Coat factory wasn’t destroyed by the landing gear
    Of the plane that DIDN’t fly into the WTC.
    Stop the insanity!!

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