The SIOA legal complaint against Miami-Dade Transit has been settled. Not only will our FDI and SIOA religious liberty bus ads be going back up, but another twenty will be added and will soon be on the streets of Miami.
This is a major victory for the freedom of speech and a disastrous defeat for the thuggish Islamic supremacists of CAIR. It is also a major victory for SIOA. If you haven't joined SIOA yet, join now.
Also, please make a contribution to the religious liberty bus ad campaign. Pamela Geller and I want to roll this out nationwide, but we have no money or major donors. We are simply two free citizens fighting to preserve our freedom. Every dime you contribute goes to initiatives like FDI at CPAC (buy the DVD), the Aqsa Parvez Memorial, Geert Wilders at CPAC -- these were actions that the indomitable and extraordinary Pamela Geller developed and executed with help from me.
We are making things happen -- when have you ever seen CAIR defeated before? Unlike so many others, we are not just talking endlessly or playing defense. We are on the offensive in the struggle to save our civilization. Please help us. Make a Paypal contribution NOW -- click on the "Contribute to Jihad Watch" button on the upper right (soon we will have 501c status for SIOA, but don't have it yet).
We are going nationwide with this campaign, and we will need money for the ads -- and the lawyers.
Here is a statement from our superb lawyer, David Yerushalmi:
Law Offices of David Yerushalmi, P.C. Win Victory for the First Amendment. . . Case Demonstrates that CAIR is a Fraudulent Civil Rights Organization Lobbying on behalf of the OIC
April 21, 2010--Miami, Florida: When the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) pressured the Miami-Dade Country Transit Authority to yank bus panel ads contracted and paid for by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer of the Freedom Defense Initiative because the ads were "offensive to Muslims", the two activists turned to the Law Offices of David Yerushalmi, P.C. for help. Mr. Yerushalmi joined forces with the Thomas More Law Center and the two law firms began preparing a federal complaint alleging breach of contract and violation of Ms. Geller's and Mr. Spencer's First Amendment Rights.
The bus ad, which appears above, began running on Tuesday, April 13th. Just two days later, on Thursday, after pressure from CAIR, the bus ads had already been pulled down and Mr. Yerushalmi's clients received notice of the ad contract termination through media reports on Friday.
CAIR, as it typically does, issued nationwide press releases and blasted emails to tens of thousands of outlets on Friday crowing over its "victory" of suppressing free speech on the grounds that the ads promoted "bigotry". Newspaper and other media stories in the Miami Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, Fox Business News, and NBC ran blindly with the CAIR-generated story on Friday with headlines like: "Miami-Dade Transit Throws Islamic Ad Under the Bus."
Ironically, CAIR, which has been named by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI as a Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group and unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror fund raising trial--a trial which culminated in guilty verdicts for all of the Muslim Brotherhood defendants--claims it is "the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization."
"It is ironic," Mr. Yerushalmi noted, "that the media allows CAIR to claim the mantle of a civil rights organization when it embraces censorship by the government all in the service of the 'anti-blasphemy' platform of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), which calls for international legislation providing for criminal penalties against anyone who 'insults Islam and its prophet Mohammed.' Free speech is apparently not one of the freedoms in CAIR's version of the U.S. Constitution--at least not for critics of Islam."...