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Ads Back on Miami-Dade Buses to Help American Muslims Escape Retaliation from Islamists

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Ads to Help American Muslims Escape Retaliation for Leaving Islam Back on Miami-Dade Buses

ANN ARBOR, MI - It was the first time help was publicly offered to people threatened under Islam's death penalty for leaving Islam. The ads on Miami-Dade buses stated, "Fatwa on your head?  Is your family or community threatening you?  Leaving Islam?  Got questions?  Get Answers!"  

Although the bus ads began running on Tuesday, April 13th,    they were pulled two days later, after CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land terrorism trial, pressured the Miami-Dade County Transit Authority into removing bus panel ads, claiming they were "offensive to Muslims."  However, CAIR's victory over the First Amendment was short lived. 

The Transit Authority reversed its decision when the organization that paid for the ads announced it had obtained the services of the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, and attorney David Yerushalmi to challenge the Transit Authority's decision violating the constitutional right to free speech and a breach of the advertising contract. 

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, "It's a bitter irony that American blood is being shed in Iraq and Afghanistan to defend their Islamic Constitutions, while Islamic organizations right here in America are attempting to squelch the constitutional rights to Free Speech of American citizens. I'm pleased the Transit Authority quickly corrected their error and this travesty."  

The "Leaving Islam" ads were paid for by the Freedom Defensive Initiative, a new organization begun by bestselling author Robert Spencer, and Pam Geller.

The day after the bus ads were pulled, Mr. Yerushalmi and the Law Center's Senior Trial Counsel, Robert Muise, were preparing a federal lawsuit, including a motion for a temporary restraining order, which was planned for filing on Monday, April 26, 2010.  

However, in a last ditch effort to amicably resolve the controversy, Mr. Yerushalmi conferred with the Miami-Dade county attorneys who agreed the ads should not have been pulled.  Not only will the original 10 king-sized ads go back up on the Transit Authority buses, but an additional 20 king-sized bus ads will be displayed at no additional charge.  The ads are expected to go back up by early next week.

Traditional Islamic law dealing with "Apostasy, " that is, leaving one's religion, prescribes the penalty of death.  A recent case in point is the story of Rifqa Barry, the seventeen year old Ohio girl, who fearing for her life, ran away from home after her parents discovered she converted to Christianity.

CAIR relies on the fact that most Americans are ill-informed about Islam.  So it has no compunction about portraying itself as a civil rights organization and Islam as a religion of peace.  CAIR's co-founder Omar Ahmad, declared to California Muslims in a 1998 speech that:

Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant.  The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.

Americans have a right to know the truth!  Islam is a religion of intolerance and violence.  

"Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war."  (Koran 9:5)

In every country where Islam dominates, Christians, Jews and other non-Muslim minorities are persecuted and reduced to second class citizens or worse yet, murdered. 

The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America's Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life.  It supports a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America.  The Law Center accomplishes its mission through litigation, education, and related activities.  It does not charge for its services.  The Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) organization.  You may reach the Thomas More Law Center at (734) 827-2001 or visit our website at www.thomasmore.org.          

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