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Free Speech 1, Bloomberg 0 on the Ground Zero Mosque

A group opposing the Ground Zero mosque attempted to run ads against the project on New York City buses and trains, but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority refused to permit them because they diverged from the politically correct message (i.e., the Bloomberg message) that the giant Islamic center cum mosque is a beautiful thing. My friend David Yerushalmi took them to court, arguing that the MTA thought police had clearly violated the First Amendment by regulating the content of political speech. Now, the MTA has backed down and the ads will run. WPIX in New York has the story, here, and New York Post coverage is here.

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