By Anjali Khosla Mullany and Corky Siemaszko, NY Daily News
Motown has no use for the anti-Muslim ads plastered across the sides of buses in New York City.
Detroitâ€™s SMART bus system has rejected the button-pushing placards that read â€œFatwa on your head? Is your community or family threatening you? Leaving Islam?â€ – and direct Muslims to a Web site urging them to leave the â€œfalsity of Islam.â€
â€œItâ€™s a purely anti-Muslim hate issue,â€ Dawud Walid of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the Detroit News on Friday.
â€œThe SMART bus company, or any bus company, should not be used to marginalize a minority group.â€
Defenders of the ads, dreamed up by Manhattan-based right wing blogger Pamela Geller and the New York-based Stop the Islamization of America, say itâ€™s a free speech issue and they have sued.
â€œAmericans have a right to know the truth; Islam is a religion of intolerance and violence,â€ said Michigan lawyer Richard Thompson, who filed the suit.
â€œChristians, Jews and other non-Muslim minorities are persecuted in every country where Islam dominates.â€
The MTA has not tried to remove the 40 ads, which Geller said cost her group $10,000 for a one-month run, because they do not violate agency advertising guidelines.
In April, the Miami bus system at first rejected the ads but relented when Gellerâ€™s group threatened to sue.
A leader in the fight against the proposed mosque near Ground Zero who has Tea Party ties, Geller has been branded a bigot by CAIR and other groups.
She also caused a stir in the right-wing blogosphere by videotaping a denunciation of Palestinian terrorists – while dressed in a bikini.
In an interview with The Daily News, Geller said she didnâ€™t care if Muslims were offended by the ads. â€œWill it bother Islamic supremacists? Yes,â€ she said.