Controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad to appear in NYC subways
Starting Monday, some subway riders might see the ad that critics say is offensive but a judge ruled is protected speech.
September 20th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad to appear in NYC subways

From Erinn Cawthon, CNN

New York (CNN) - A controversial advertisement that critics say is hateful toward Muslims will appear in New York City subway stations starting next week, despite the city's attempts to halt the campaign.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority initially rejected the ad, which reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

The authority's decision was overturned last month when a federal judge ruled that the ad is protected speech under the First Amendment.

Jihad - Arabic for "struggle" - is considered a religious duty for Muslims, although there are peaceful and violent interpretations of what it means.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, which produced the ad, has been fighting to place the message in New York's subway system since last year after the authority refused to display it.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam

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  1. Iqbal Khan


    September 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  2. Iqbal Khan

    Who was behind 9-11 ?????


    September 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  3. Iqbal Khan


    September 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  4. Iqbal Khan


    September 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  5. Reality

    One more time:

    What a Truth in Advertising Ad should say about Islam:

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud (e.g. Syria and also Iraq) and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    September 21, 2012 at 7:51 am |
  6. 9/11/12

    SO what's next, subways bombed by muslims as protests?

    September 21, 2012 at 7:17 am |
  7. William D' MOOT

    The murder was pre-empted and well-planed. The film has nothing to do with it but used as an alibi.

    September 21, 2012 at 7:14 am |
  8. World for Peace


    September 21, 2012 at 7:11 am |
  9. World for Peace


    September 21, 2012 at 7:11 am |
  10. ironic

    JERUSALEM – Human Rights Watch said Sunday that Israel's military has fired artillery shells with the incendiary agent white phosphorus into Gaza and a doctor there said the chemical was suspected in the case of 10 burn victims who had skin peeling off their faces and bodies.
    After weeks of denying that it used white phosphorus in the heavily populated Gaza Strip, Israel finally admitted yesterday that the weapon was deployed in its offensive.
    The army’s use of white phosphorus – which makes a distinctive shellburst of dozens of smoke trails – was reported first by The Times on January 5, when it was strenuously denied by the army. Now, in the face of mounting evidence and international outcry, Israel has been forced to backtrack on that initial denial. “Yes, phosphorus was used..." Yigal Palmor, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told The Times. “Some practices could be illegal ..."
    The incident in question is thought to be the firing of phosphorus shells at a UN school in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on January 17.

    September 21, 2012 at 5:59 am |
    • Iqbal Khan

      We all know only Israel can do such acts and get by with no consiquences all in the name of self defence don't we all know that they call their armed forces "IDF"

      September 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    September 21, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 21, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! *

      September 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  12. ScottCA

    Good talk on Islam and the threat of beliefs. I am only talking about the religion, not the people who follow it.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • therealpeace2all


      So... you got banned, eh ? For what, exactly ? Too many truthful -satanic secular videos on science, etc...?

      Did they tell you you were banned, or was it you just weren't able to get on and post anything ?



      September 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
  13. ScottCA

    They make a logical case. There is nothing hateful in the ad, it is a logical statement. Now we need someone to produce advertisements with parodies of the prophet Muhammad. Muslims need to get desensitized to this.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
  14. mama kindless

    I'm all for freedom of expression, but these people that want to put this ad up should be ashamed of themselves. True that we should find ways to avoid Jihad activities, but this is precisely the worst way of effecting a change in the world. Sure doesn't make me feel like Israel is more civilized than the people they are trying to impress. But this obviously must reflect the views of a some pompous irrational religious "tards" here in the U.S.A. It's disgusting.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Now that I see the news this morning and read more last night, I have to rethink my position on this. These Islam extremists are out of control. If it is their religion that keeps them from progressing and acting like sava ges, then, like all others, that religion needs to go.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  15. realbuckyball

    Islam is a moon god cult.
    Isra-El has been trying to appropriate the ("promised") land of their neighbors for 3,500 years.

    Ditch religion, and maybe humans have a chance.

    September 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  16. 2357

    Jihad in Palestine = extermination of Israeli Jews.
    This time the Jews are prepared to fight, however. It would bring down the curtain on human history.

    September 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  17. realbuckyball

    So CNN, where is Scott Ca ? Where are all his videos ? Where is
    Marvelous Mittens and his Miraculous Magical Underwear. ?
    I see the Repubtard Mormons got to you people.
    So much for freedom of speech.

    September 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • ScottCA

      Thanks buckyball, the ban was only limited to CNN disqus posts, but thanks for the support. They lifted the ban.

      September 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  18. realbuckyball


    September 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  19. Deeter

    Subways under the water table are bound to be moldy. NYC needs to rebuild the whole city from underneath the ground up.

    September 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  20. Abdullo

    People you don't like to see the "Jihad" posters in subway, please take cabs.

    September 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
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