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.