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.
"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
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.