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‘The Muslims are Coming!’ Will controversial new ads approved for New York subways backfire?

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Controversial ads that proclaim “The Muslims Are Coming” have been approved by a judge after being rejected by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The ads were deemed to be “political” in nature by the MTA after initially being approved, earlier this year.

Given the fact that these ads are supposed to help smooth over relations with Islam, they were ruled acceptable by the judge.

But aren’t they still political?


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Political ads were originally banned mainly in response to ads placed in subways by anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller.

But the new advertisements were created by Muslim comedians, Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, and were designed to mock Islamophobia,  Judge Colleen McMahon said.

“That the advertisements at issue gently mock prejudice and employ Islamophobia as a comedic device does not make their message ‘prominently or predominantly’ political,” McMahon wrote in her decision.

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The ads consist of several posters placed in New York City subways to counter ads produced by Geller.

The MTA maintained it should be allowed to ban the ads as Geller’s are still banned, but the judge disagreed, according to the New York Post.

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“[The] advertisements are undoubtedly commercial under the new policy; they ‘promote’ and ‘solicit the sale’ ” of the documentary,” McMahon wrote.

Farsad and Obeidallah were thrilled by the decision, but the MTA is considering appealing.

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