Anti-Islamic Bus Ads Coming Soon to SEPTA Buses

By Victor Fiorillo, Philadelphia Magazine

The American Freedom Defense Initiative is a New Hampshire-based anti-Muslim organization aka hate group that also goes by the name Stop Islamization of America. And on Thursday, AFDI filed a lawsuit against SEPTA, because SEPTA won’t let them run the above advertisement on SEPTA buses.

According to the suit, SEPTA refused the ad on the basis that it violated SEPTA’s policy against the “disparagement” or “ridicule” of any “person or group of persons on the basis of race, religious belief, age, sex, alienage, national origin, sickness or disability.”

And AFDI claims that the decision to reject that ad “is a pretext to censor [AFDI’s] message because SEPTA officials oppose [AFDI’s] view on Islam.” And it would then therefore follow, argues AFDI, that SEPTA’s “decision to reject the AFDI advertisement was motivated by a discriminatory animus against [AFDI] and their views on Islam.”

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Anti-Islamic Bus Ads Coming Soon to SEPTA Buses | News | Philadelphia Magazine.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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