“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad,” reads a controversial ad displayed in San Francisco’s Municipal Railway buses.
And as of now, despite the outcry, it’s not coming down.
“Muni officials spoke on Wednesday, addressing the ads purchased by the American Freedom Defense Initiative [which, of course, has been labelled a "hate group"] that contains a message that has been called ‘anti-Islam’ by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL),” CBS San Francisco reports.
Not surprising: People accusing the “Pro-Israel” advertisements of inciting hatred against Islam and demanding that they be removed (in the name of “tolerance,” of course).
Surprising: Muni refusing to remove the ads.
President of the Transportation Board Tom Nolan, who believes the ads are “offensive,” says removing them gives way to other problems.
“What could happen here if we take them all down [is] we could be taken to court and [there] would be a big cost associated with that and we could be forced — I guess like New York, to put them back up anyway,” Nolan told CBS San Francisco.
As a compromise, Muni has agreed to give a portion of the revenues generated by the ads to the Human Rights Commission.
“The $3,400 in donated ad revenue will be used for an educational campaign. Muni will go one step further by placing their own signage next to the message saying, ‘Muni doesn’t support this message,’” the CBS report adds.
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