Attorney vows appeal after terrorism ad rejected

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A law firm plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court following a federal appeals court ruling defending the Seattle area transit authority.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the claim by the American Freedom Defense Initiative that King County, Washington violated its free-speech rights.

The group sought to display an ad on Washington state buses showing photos of terrorists called "Faces of Global Terrorism."

OneNewsNow readers may be familiar with Defense Initiative, which is led by Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer. A story in April reported on ads for New York City and, months earlier, ads for Boston's transit authority

Geller became more well known to many after holding a May contest to draw Muhammad, held in Garland, Texas. During the event, two Muslims were shot and killed as they attacked the Curtis Culwell Center. 

The court agreed with the King County Metro Transit's argument that the ad failed to meet its policy guidelines. 

Rob Muise, senior counsel at the American Freedom Law Center, says the ads are similar to ads produced by the State Department.

Muise, Robert (AFLC) 2"The main point of this ad," Muise explains, "was to highlight the fact that the State Department was caving to political correctness and pulled their ad."

To restrict the ad's content because it's "false and misleading" is absurd, the attorney complains.

"And it's just a further erosion of our First Amendment values," he says. 

King County's main argument, Muise says, was that the ad was "demeaning and disparaging" to Muslims, and it would cause "disruption" in the transit system.

There was "zero evidence" of that, Muise insists, complaining of a "false and misleading hand hold" by the 9th Circuit that allowed the court to reject the ad.

 

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