Controversy over anti-Islam bus ad

June 22, 2010 at 10:28 AM

DETROIT, June 22 (UPI) -- A conservative legal group in Michigan says it is has asked a federal court to order a Detroit bus agency to run ads aimed at Muslims who want to leave Islam.

An attorney with the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor says the bus agency's refusal to run an ad by a New Hampshire-based group was a violation of the First Amendment, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

The New Hampshire group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is a vocal critic of Islamic extremism and wants to run the same ad on metro Detroit buses that it has run in Florida and New York.

The ad reads: "Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Leaving Islam? Got Questions? Get Answers!"

A spokeswoman for the bus agency SMART would not given any explanation as to why the agency refuses to run the ad.

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