A Judeo-Christian law firm that fights for faith and freedom has filed a petition for the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case challenging the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's refusal to display two "Support Free Speech" ads on their advertising space.
The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) is representing the American Freedom Defense Initiative, founded by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. The Initiative's "Support Free Speech" ads make the point that the First Amendment will not yield to sharia-adherent Islamists who want to enforce so-called blasphemy laws here in the United States, whether through threats of violence or through the actions of complicit government officials.
Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel at AFLC, says the Transit Authority is engaging in viewpoint discrimination.
"We challenged these restrictions, one of them being on any ad that -- and this is in their language -- intends to influence members of the public regarding an issue on which there are varying opinions. Its viewpoint based," Muise asserts. "And they now also prohibit ads that support any religion or religious practice or belief. Again, that is clearly a viewpoint-based restriction."
Muise hopes the high court will take up the case and address two First Amendment questions:
"How should the lower courts address the format issue when you have public advertising space that's open to a wide array of different advertisements, and secondly, whether or not these types of restrictions, which aren't subject matter but are essentially viewpoint restrictions, are permissible," he relays.