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City leaders condemn anti-Islamic bus ads

March 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12 (UPI) -- Anti-Islamic advertisements posted on the outside of 10 Muni buses in San Francisco this week have drawn condemnation from a number of city leaders.

District Attorney George Gascon said "the offensive ads serve no purpose other than to denigrate our city's Arab and Muslim communities," the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Gascon was joined by Mayor Ed Lee and seven supervisors in criticizing the ads paid for by the controversial American Freedom Defense Initiative.

They feature photos of Osama Bin Laden, the Times Square car bomber and others accompanied by incendiary quotes like "Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah," attributed to Hamas.

Muni believes a First Amendment court decision obligates it to accept the advertising.

The transit agency said it would dedicate the $5,000 in revenue from the ads to the Human Rights Commission for a study of the impact of discrimination on Arab and Islamic communities in San Francisco.

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