First Amendment makes way for counter-jihad ads

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Chad Groening (

A terrorism expert is pleased Barack Obama's hometown has decided not to try to prevent "counter-jihad" advertisements from being displayed on city buses.

The Chicago Transit Authority recently notified the American Freedom Law Center that it would allow several ads submitted by the AFLC's client, the Freedom Defense Initiative, to be displayed on city buses. The counter-jihad advertisements are in response to the pro-jihad ads from the radical Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has been identified by the FBI as a Muslim Brotherhood front group.

Robert Spencer, co-executive director of the Freedom Defense Initiative, says the counter-jihad ads were fully founded and based on First Amendment rights.

Spencer, Robert (Jihad Watch)"The Chicago Transit Authority had been resisting running our ads depicting actual jihadists saying things that they had actually said," he tells OneNewsNow. "The ads were a response to the deceptive and cynical campaign run by the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations to whitewash the concept of jihad and to give people the false impression that it is solely a matter of individual self-improvement and so on."

Spencer says whenever transit authorities in other cities have attempted to ban FDI ads, his group has gone to court and successfully defended their First Amendment rights.

"We still have the First Amendment in this country, and I hope we will continue to do so despite the Obama administration's manifest opposition to it," he says. "So as long as it remains, then we will continue to win all of these cases because the people who are trying to shut us down don't have any leg to stand on legally."

Spencer says the Chicago Transit Authority decided to run the ads out of fear of losing in court -- just as happened to the transit authorities in Washington, DC, and New York.

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