Not allowed in Miami
In Human Events today, Pamela Geller decries Miami-Dade Transit’s dhimmitude and submission to Sharia restrictions on free speech:
In an outrageous denial of free speech rights, Miami-Dade Transit last week forced the removal of a “Leaving Islam” ad campaign on Miami buses because the ads might be “offensive to Islam.”
The Freedom Defense Initiative, the new organization I have begun with bestselling author and Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer, and the group Stop Islamization of America started the ad campaign as a defense of religious freedom.
Our ad asked, “Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get answers! RefugefromIslam.com.”
It was the first time anyone offered public help to people threatened under Islam’s death penalty for apostasy.
At the behest of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an un-indicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case, Miami-Dade Transit took the ads off the buses in South Florida because they offended Muslims. Miami-Dade Transit is bowing to Sharia, Islamic law, which forbids non-Muslims to insult Islam.
CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups ran campaigns on buses across the country last year, including Miami, inviting people to convert to Islam and claiming that Abraham, Moses and Jesus were Muslim prophets.
Miami-Dade Transit allowed the CAIR bus ads despite being offensive to Jews and Christians. The CAIR bus ad campaign ran in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for eight weeks, according to the Miami Herald. No one took offense, despite the Islamic supremacist nature of the ads. No one breathed a word of protest.
At least three of the bus companies that ran CAIR’s dawah (invitation to Islam) bus ads turned down our ad. And Miami-Dade Transit tore our ads down in less than 48 hours.
So Muslim groups can run bus ads seeking converts to Islam, but we cannot make information available to Muslims who want to leave Islam.
Still think this is a free country? Still think we enjoy freedom of speech? Think again….