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New Yorkers Rush By As Embattled Anti-Jihad Ads Hit The Subway

Starting today, New York commuters are passing controversial new ads equating radical Muslims with “savages.”

New York’s Metro Transit Authority posted the ads in 10 subway stations today after a losing a legal battle with the pro-Israel group the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

As NPR’s Joel Rose reported on All Things Considered, the MTA initially rejected the ads, but a U.S. District Court judge ruled barring them would violate AFDI’s First Amendment rights.

The ads, which read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad,” went up in the wake of violent protests abroad over the anti-Islam video that denigrates the Prophet Mohammed.

But as Village Voice blogger James King notes, the posters are also hitting the subway “just in time for day one of the meeting of the United Nations’ General Assembly — when people from across the world will be in the Big Apple to see how civilized and accepting New Yorkers are.”

The full story may be found on NPR.

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