A group that couldn't get a federal judge to force the MBTA to run ads calling Palestinians "savages" has filed another federal lawsuit trying to get the judge to force the MBTA to run a similar ad.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative filed its second suit in US District Court in Boston yesterday after the T's ad agency agreed to modify its original ad, but then rejected a modification to the modified ad that was much more similar to the original rejected ad.
The first ad the group wanted to run, back in October, used an adaptation from famous grump Ayn Rand:
In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad
Titan, the company that handles advertising on the T, rejected that on the basis it violates a T policy against ads that shower hate on a particular group. In December, US District Court Judge Nathan Gorton rejected AFDI's request for an order forcing the T to run the ad, saying the T was a "non-public forum" and that its decision was "reasonable" enough, rather than capricious.
After Gorton's ruling, the group then submitted new verbiage to the Titan:
In any war between the civilized man and those engaged in savage acts, support the civilized man. Defeat Violent Jihad. Support Israel.
Titan approved that ad. But instead of sending the ads to Titan, AFDI said it had changed its mind and wanted the ads to run what it claims is "slightly changed" wording:
In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the
civilized man. Defeat violent jihad. Support Israel.
Titan said no deal.
In their newest lawsuit - assigned to the same judge who rejected their earlier demand to force the T let them call Palestinians savages - the group claims the T is stunting their first amendment rights because it is run by people who don't want the truth to get out about "the Israeli / Palestinian conflict and about Islam in general."
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