New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will be displaying controversial banners on their buses soon... not because they want to (they don't), but because they have to. On April 21, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl ruled that MTA cannot stop the "Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah" ad campaign from going on their buses. Why? The judge ruled that these ads are protected by the First Amendment, you know, free speech. San Francisco had these ads on their buses two years ago. This is crazy! How many of you can see that this could be a potentially dangerous problem? Where has common sense gone?! What about common decency?!
MTA should be able to decide with whom they do business, and all businesses should have this right. As long as businesses are not doing anything illegal, they should be able to decide how and with whom they do business. We don't need big government to force us to go against our morals, rights, or freedoms... just to go along with someone else's views or rights! But what if we offend them? So what! What about the rest of us? What about us being offended?! What about our rights?! Just because someone is a judge, this doesn't mean that his/her judgments are right. Too many times, government takes the side of the loudest, or most forceful, radical voices... the big bully sides in with other bullies.
What will we see next on buses? Already, soft porn and other disturbing ads are being displayed on buses throughout this nation. Next, we might see "Killing Christians" or "Killing Americans" ads, all in the name of free speech. We need to focus less on protecting the First Amendment and more on protecting us and our children!