Anti-Islamic ads coming to New York transit system

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NEW YORK (AP) – Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on 100 New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week.

The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before he was beheaded, standing next to his masked executioner.

The ads are paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative run by anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller. She says the campaign tells truths about Islam and Jihad that the U.S. government and mainstream media ignore.

An online fundraiser is seeking to gather $20,000 to buy more ad space. As of Friday morning, it had raised nearly $1,400.

All the ads feature a disclaimer that says the viewpoints are not endorsed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Under a federal court ruling, the agency is required to run viewpoint ads. But the MTA requires a disclaimer.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative has posted ads on New York’s transit system in the past that called enemies of Israel “savages.”

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