100 New York City buses will soon carry anti-Islamic posters as part of an “educational campaign, ” the New York Daily News reported.
The campaign is paid for by American blogger Pamela Geller, who said she aimed to warn of “the problem with jihad” and Islamic law, according to the Daily News.
In one poster, a still from the video in which a U.S. journalist James Foley was killed sits next to a photo of a British man suspected of being the militant behind the ISIS beheadings.
The ads also target the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a civil rights group based in Washington DC, by linking it to Hamas.
“Geller is a known hater and there’s no law in this country that forces her to tell the truth,” Corey Saylor, a CAIR spokesman told the Daily news, adding that the group had considered suing Geller but did not think it was worth it.
However, Geller has still been met with opposition.
“These ads are outrageous, inflammatory and wrong, and have no place in New York City, or anywhere. These hateful messages serve only to divide and stigmatize when we should be coming together as one city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told the U.S. daily.
“While those behind these ads only display their irresponsible intolerance, the rest of us who may be forced to view them can take comfort in the knowledge that we share a better, loftier and nobler view of humanity," he said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) admitted that the ads will offend public-transportation passengers but had no choice but to allow them.
The MTA clashed with Geller a few years ago when she pushed for ads that labeled enemies of Israel as “savages,” however a court decision stopped the public transportation authority from blocking the ads.
“If you read the court decision on this, our hands are tied,” said MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg.
Although the ads violated the MTA’s policy of “no demeaning” language , a judge ruled that removing the posters would violate Geller’s right to freedom of expression, which is protected by the First Amendment.SHOW MORE