Muhammad Cartoon Ad Blocked From D.C. Buses and Train Stations

Steven Nelson, US News, May 28, 2015

The mass transit authority that oversees commuter buses and trains in the nation’s capital is banning issue-oriented ads for the remainder of the year after receiving an ad proposal featuring a cartoon of Muhammad, Islam’s central figure.

The cartoon is a sketch by artist Bosch Fawstin of a turban-wearing, sword-wielding man saying “You can’t draw me!” It won a “draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, Texas, that was unsuccessfully attacked by Muslim-American roommates earlier this month.

The ads would have sported a banner saying “Support Free Speech.”

Pamela Geller, the activist who made the advertising request and hosted the Garland event through her group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, says the decision is “an end run around the First Amendment.”


The board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority made the decision Thursday afternoon and plans to enforce the ban until completion of a review of its policies.

Metro spokesman Mike Tolbert says the board’s vote was unanimous and that members did not specifically discuss any ad. The transit authority will consider the legal and safety issues involved in running political ads during its review, he says. It’s not immediately clear what will happen to existing ads that may be considered issue-oriented.

Without the broad ban, Washington-area officials likely would have been forced to publish the Muhammad cartoon.


In April, she won a federal court ruling that New York City’s subway system must carry anti-Hamas ads that attribute the quote ““Killing Jews is worship” to the Palestinian group. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl found no evidence the ads “would be likely to incite imminent violence.” In March, a federal judge forced Philadelphia’s mass transit system to allow ads that say “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s in the Quran.”

In New York, transit authorities recently banned all political advertising to ward off future controversies.

It’s unclear if opponents of such a viewpoint-neutral ban could prevail in court or if Geller will sue.


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  • propagandaoftruth

    Aren’t some bikers in Texas getting together for a Mohommed target practice party? I wonder how many jihadis will show.

    • Oh, that’s good! “Let’s draw the Prophet and then shoot at the pictures!” Does putting holes in the camel’s erect you-know-what count as a good score, or should that be left alone?

      There could be two sets of drawings and shooting events, with one themed as “Let’s save the Prophet from the horny camel!”

      • LHathaway

        Leave that alone. I hoped you’d learned that, yesterday. haha. You need to put up another disclaimer . . .

  • Publius Pompilius Quietus


    • NoMosqueHere

      In today’s world, blacks and muslims are willing to use violence to get what they want. In yesterday’s world, whites were willing to do so. The tables have turned. Make no mistake, this world is ruled by violence.

    • TrueNorthFree

      Hurt Muslim feelings is not a good enough reason to excuse the killing of cartoonists and artists. How in Gods name did our Western civilization get so degraded that many Western people actually support jihadi Islamists who kill artists in our own Western countries. Or even worse, they make excuses for the killing of artists: “well, they had it coming because they insulted the Muslim prophet”. Whenever I see that written, it fills me with rage. Apologetics for Muslim killing of Western artists in Western countries is treason.

      • Publius Pompilius Quietus

        I do not argue that Muslims have a right to kill people who insult their religion. Yet, also, I am applauded by insulting Muslims en masse; this accomplishes nothing but antagonism and petty chauvinism.

        • TrueNorthFree

          No. No. No. That attitude is what allows poisonous Islam to destroy our Western civilization from within. We must have zero apologies for hurt Muslim feelings in our own Western countries. If Muslims want to slaughter artists in their own Muslim majority countries that is their right. Whatever medieval and repressive cultural practices Muslims do in their own countries is their business but when they import those medieval practices into our Western countries we must resist it strongly.
          It is NOT OK for Muslims to kill artists in our own Western countries because their tender Muslim feelings are hurt.

          • And just as I responded to one of your other comments on this thread, look above you. That mentality showed up.

          • TrueNorthFree

            heh. To be “appalled” by insulting Muslims en masse is to blame the Western cartoonists who were killed by Muslims as being responsible for their own deaths.
            I have zero problem with anyone in our own Western countries “insulting” Islam.
            Of course, I would certainly not dare to insult Islam in any majority Muslim country because anyone who did that in a majority Muslim country would be killed immediately. BUT “respect” for Muslim tender feelings and tolerance for Muslim killing of our Western artists has no place in our own civilized Western countries.

          • He is probably one of those libs who believed, after 911 that, “Well, maybe this will make America realize how we have been offensive to Muslims in the world. Gee, we are so sorry…”

          • Rossbach

            That’s the absurdity of multiculturalism and political correctness. Drawing a cartoon of the prophet is culturally insensitive. Beheading those who do evidently is not.

          • TrueNorthFree

            I agree. I simply cannot get my mind around the attitude of people born and raised in civilized Western countries who say that we must walk on eggshells around Muslims for fear of hurting tender Muslim feelings. It is bad enough that Muslims slaughter Western cartoonists and film makers on our own soil but it is far, far worse that our own Western, non-Muslim people respond to that by saying “well, they shouldn’t have drawn those cartoons and they wouldn’t have gotten killed”!! What the hell? How brainwashed and how mind-sick does a person have to be to hold that opinion?
            We do NOT live in Muslim majority countries and I fervently pray that we will NEVER be a Muslim majority country. One small consolation though is that if our country ever does become Muslim majority, the FIRST people on the chopping block will be the cultural marxist traitors who gave it all away for fear of being called “racist”.

        • Rossbach

          It is singular that the Left is unwilling to tolerate any intolerance unless practiced by members of politically protected minorities. That wouldn’t qualify as discrimination, would it?

        • There you go again, with more of your liberalism. Strange how blacks are more hateful toward Whites after fifty years of us being concerned about their feelings. More strange that as America has become more tolerant and multicultural, Muslims figured they could attack us in our own homeland. You must remember that in the world there are competing ideologies, races, and religions. Being sensitive only signals weakness and encourages others to attack you.

    • Yeah, and Muslims attacking us on our own soil, destroying the World Trade Centers, and killing 3,000 Americans, kind of hurt my feelings. Screw Muslims!

  • MekongDelta69

    I’m sure they had NO problem advertising that “Piss Christ” and “The Virgin Mary In Dung” ‘art'[sic and sick] exhibits.

    • TheMaskedUnit

      And you had no problem paying the bill. Not that it matters.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Or ads for the make a wish foundation, which believe it or not offend me on many levels.

  • a multiracial individual

    The insults will cease once this religion learns to take a joke. Did Mormon extremists threaten Matt Stone and Trey Parker? No. Because that religion is safe to criticize.

    • TrueNorthFree

      What really bugs me is that “tolerant” Western people rush to the defence of jihadi Muslims who kill artists in our own Western countries. They say things like: “well, they wouldn’t have been killed if they hadn’t insulted the Muslim prophet”.
      What they should be thinking and saying is: “hurt Muslim feelings are never a justification for the killing of artists in our own Western countries”.

      • It’s not just the too tolerant for their own good Westerners making this argument. Pay close attention to this thread.

  • Hilis Hatki

    I don’t want to cause no fuss…. Too much, Muhammad Bus

    • jim

      I understand Pete is filing a copyright claim for that post…

  • TheMaskedUnit

    What is the fuss … we can use all the politically preferred group approved words and thoughts we want … Isn’t that what Constitutional protection is all about?

  • dd121

    If we don’t start standing up for what we believe, we’ll be knocked down by those who hate us.

  • RaySist27

    ‘Safety concerns’ translates to: We are worried about crazy ass Muslims going apeshit on innocent people because their idiotic religion tells them to do so.

  • Spaniard in LA

    I’m more worried about the people who control the porn industry, tell our daughters it’s cool to date black guys, and control what our young people watch.

    • LHathaway

      Enough is enough. Any film that shows blood and gore, to ‘sell tickets’, what is the point? How can these images, sent to our minds, and stored there, not have a negative effect on us? Even television is overrun with this.

    • TrueNorthFree

      Agreed. We need a grassroots movement to address the intensive multi-culti brainwashing that has been enforced on Western countries for decades. I am currently following Bob Whitaker’s mantras found on the website “White Genocide Project”. Whitaker’s mantra is brilliant, powerful, simple and effective. It gives us power.

    • newscomments70

      and not use condoms, to boot.

  • Olorin

    I don’t understand. What is at issue here in the “issue oriented” banners?

    The message “Support free speech,” which is Constitutional?

    Or the particular free speech, which involves Islamic incursions on our Constitutionality?

    If supporting free speech for Draw Mohammad Day is bad because it’s political, does this mean that no political party can ever have a bus ad?

    What is the boundary between political banners and any other public ones–for instance, the transit authority itself would be political, being a public/civil service run municipal agency. Can the transit authority advocate anything, being political itself and all its messages by definition political ones?

  • superlloyd

    ‘Je suis Charlie Hebdo’ or not. How cowardly and dishonest are the hypocritical cowards who run the mass transit authority and indeed the whole western world.

    • Speedy Steve

      They had a fire in the tunnel under the river a couple of weeks ago. Washington almost ground to a halt. Apparently, nobody is in charge of tunnel maintenance.

  • Speedy Steve

    WMATA should probably be more concerned with repairing the escalators, ending the fires, and cutting down the crashes caused by inept drivers. There’s an awful lot of idle management who sit at their desks doing nothing, and entire shops full of repairmen watching the soaps.

  • Light from the East

    Muslims all around the world faithfully demand the ban of drawing Muhammad. Why? Because Muhammad did something ugly and wanted to hide it. He ordered his followers not to draw them, even his figure. This is the best explanation so far.

    • This Islamic death cult also wants to have everyone to covert or die. What would China, Japan or the West be under an Islamic boot? It would be the end of humanity. I would rather die. As a Coloradan and aged 49, I get to pick death. That understood, I get to start wasting them once the balloon goes up. I am delighted whenever the Chinese police kill Muslims. My ex-father was a failed Catholic and my mother is a failed Methodist. I have no religion except for absolute, total hatred of a world-wide Caliphate.

      • newscomments70

        I hear you, but do you hate non-violent Muslims as well?

  • carriewhite64

    “Metro spokesman Mike Tolbert says the board’s vote was unanimous and that members did not specifically discuss any ad.””Without the broad ban, Washington-area officials likely would have been forced to publish the Muhammad cartoon.”In other words, Mike Tolbert is dissembling, and the ban is specifically directed at and caused by the Muhammad cartoon.

  • Rossbach

    The triumph of multiculturalism will mean the end of most personal freedoms in the US, just as it already has in most of Europe, because MC requires political correctness to defend it from criticism (it can’t survive exposure to the truth). The Bill of Rights will still exist on paper, but anyone who actually tries to exercise them will be fired, sued, and sent to jail.