Muni Anti-Muslim Ad Controversy


Adam Serwer reports for Mother Jones on the anti-Muslim advertisements that have recently appeared on Muni vehicles. The advertisements are paid for by Pamela Geller, an anti-muslim blogger:

“The ads declare that ‘in any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man’—a paraphrase of an Ayn Rand quote—while also urging readers to ‘support Israel’ and ‘defeat jihad.'”

Geller ran similar advertisements with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority last year, citing her first amendment rights as grounds to keep them posted. Muni has taken other measures to combat Geller’s messages:

“Muni is also donating the money Geller paid for the ads to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.”

Rumpus contributor Steve Almond writes about another Ayn Rand disciple in his most recent piece, The Week In Greed #11: The Ayn Rand Program.

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