Conservative firebrand Pamela Geller’s Islamophobic posters will not appear on Nwe York City buses any time soon.
A Manhattan Federal Court judge has ruled that the MTA’s recently revised policy banning all political advertising in subways and on city buses renders moot his previous ruling that Geller’s ads were protected speech.
U.S. District Judge John Koeltl had said in April that the posters — showing a menacing man with his face masked in a Middle Eastern-style scarf next to the quote “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah” — should be allowed to be displayed like other political ads in the MTA system.
Before the bills went up, the MTA board then voted to change its policy and banned controversial political ads altogether — a move Geller’s team argued was done in bad faith.
“No law requires public transit agencies to accept political advertisements as a matter of course, and it is not for this Court to impose its own views on what type of forum the MTA should create,” Koetl wrote.