A Long Island synagogue has canceled a controversial speech by conservative firebrand Pamela Geller.
Pamela Geller will be taking center stage at a Long Island synagogue this weekend speaking about Islam, and there’s been a firestorm of opposition.
Another set of inflammatory ads has appeared in 39 New York City subway stations, paid for by the same group that posted ads equating Muslims or Palestinians with savages last year.
Pamela Geller with the American Freedom Defense Initiative said the group has purchased space beside the roughly 220 clocks
that hang above subway platforms in stations throughout the city.
Conservative blogger Pamela Geller has purchased more ad space at New York City subway stops and Metro North stations displaying anti-Islam messages.
According to the MTA, the new policy will require non-commercial ads to contain a prominently displayed disclaimer reading, “This is a paid advertisement sponsored by [Sponsor]. The display of this advertisement does not imply MTA’s endorsement of any views expressed.”
In the wake of violent uprisings abroad following the release of an anti-Islamic film, some said they are worried the ads could fan the flames here in New York City.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Americans tolerate things they might find despicable because of the First Amendment’s protection of free expression.
An MTA spokesman said most of the ads have been taken down, saying that they had run their course. But opponents of the ads said the damage has already been done.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative paid for it. It associates Islam with 19,250 terrorist attacks carried out by extremists since the 9/11.