NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The MTA approved a provocative bus ad that objects to the controversial plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero.
The ad features a plane flying toward the burning World Trade Center towers with an image of the mosque nearby.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie: Who Is Gabby Petito's Fiancé, And What Do We Know About Him?
The ad was the subject of a lawsuit filed by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. The group opposes radical Islamic influence in the U.S.READ MORE: Fighter Jet Intercepts Small Plane Flying Over NYC After Biden's UN Speech
The transit agency said it did not endorse the advertisement’s views.
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The name for the planned Islamic cultural center was changed from the provocative Cordoba House to Park51. Cordoba was symbolic of the centuries-long Islamic conquest and occupation of Spain that began in 711 A.D. and ended in 1492 A.D.