Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers.
Anti-Islamic ads at Metro-North stations throughout Westchester County will stay, regardless of what they say, says a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The MTA does not endorse the viewpoint expressed in the ad but also doesn’t ban advertising based on message, she said.
The ads have turned up in San Francisco, too, where the Municipal Transportation Agency has decided to donate the ad revenue to a human rights organization.
In July, when pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian ads started showing up on Metro-North platforms, our Editorial Board weighed in with this: “Don’t like the speech? Then speak some more.”
How LoHud.com readers reacted:
Inflammatory, but not illegal. They should instead run an ad that tallies attacks in the name of religion through history and maybe we can start dialog about fanaticism and cults and their role in violence.”
— John Fix
As long as the numbers are factual, what is the problem here? Should we put our heads in the sand?”
— Anthony J Zavaglia
Pro-Israel signs? Yeah, let’s see when another war starts in the Middle East. How many people here will like hyper-inflation and paying $10 for a gallon of gas? Israel needs to fight their own battles that they start; we have enough problems here to deal with.”
— Mike Rinaldi
Perhaps the MTA could be open to free speech while insisting that ads be positive and in support of something, not against something. Signs like this — and anything similar — can instigate inappropriate behavior. Of course, if religions stopped asserting their supremacy over others, that would help too. Religious wars? Contradiction in terms?”
— Daphne Philipson
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