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Bloomberg Says First Amendment Means Tolerating Despicable Things

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the MTA has no choice but to comply with a court order that allows a controversial pro-Israel ad from appearing in ten subway stations.

The ads compare Muslims with savages, and a court decision forced the MTA to show the ad after the agency tried to block it.

Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show that Americans tolerate things they might find despicable because of the First Amendment.

He added that it's important for Americans to realize not everyone has the same freedoms they have. “A bigger percentage of the world goes without our freedoms than with our freedoms,” he said. “I don't think we should preach to anyone else. I think it's disgraceful that people would kill people because of a movie.”

The mayor was referring to the film "Innocence of Muslims," which as sparked violence protests across the Islamic World.

Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger, is behind the provocative pro-Israel ad. She once headed a campaign against an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site.   

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Comments [2]

Paula from Ridgewood

I think this is a bad idea and I do not understand what the purpose of these ads are. It is making everyone uneasy and provoking people. Instead of ads like this, why don't we post things that will bring people together, that highlight good deeds of all people? NYC (and the rest of USA) does not need any more people being angry or wanting to cause harm to us...why are we giving radical people of any race, religion, an excuse to do this? Not that their actions are ever justified, but why this? Why don't they use that money to feed hungry children or donate it to education? I bet the organization who is putting up these ads are not subway riders. Go post this outside their offices, but leave us out of this! Don't the people of NY get a say of what we read or see? This is going against my rights. This makes me very afraid to ride the subway...not that we should bow to terrorists but you can't predict crazy, so why provoke it? We should not be afraid, but we should be putting our minds together to try to make peaceful changes, not by calling people savages. I feel like if these ads are really put up, we are going backwords in evolution. Kindness is contagious and so is bad feelings and unhappiness. Let's all try to be in sync w/ positive, good thoughts...I feel like personally taking down the ads one by one whenever they put them up this week. Unfortunately I cannot avoid the subway but I feel extremely unsafe if this happens....how can we stop this? Why isn't Bloomberg looking out for our safety more in this matter? What's next Nazis putting up swastikas or the KKK posting whatever the heck they want too? When does it stop?! What good can come of this??? It serves no purpose! NEW YORKERS WE DON'T NEED THIS---WE HAVE TO BRING BACK AND CONTINUE HAVING THE SOLIDARITY WE FELT AFTER SEPTEMBER 11..not this!

Sep. 23 2012 02:01 PM
tebigdaddy55

if Bloomberg had his way, NYC would be a Muslim Nation. What an idiot

Sep. 21 2012 10:01 PM

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