Washington D.C.'s transit authority yesterday decided to ban all issue-related advertising on commuter buses and trains in the nation's capital. The ban was prompted after the American Freedom Defense Initiative sought to place ads featuring a cartoon of Muhammad.
According to U.S. News & World Report:
The cartoon is a sketch by artist Bosch Fawstin of a turban-wearing, sword-wielding man saying "You can't draw me!" It won a "draw Muhammad" contest in Garland, Texas, that was unsuccessfully attacked by Muslim-American roommates earlier this month.
The ads would have sported a banner saying "Support Free Speech."
According to the Post, "rather than prohibit those ads specifically -- a move that federal courts have forbidden -- Metro opted to ban all new advocacy ads for the rest of the year."
One anonymous Metro official told The Washington Post:
"You put that ad up on the side of a bus, you turn that bus into a terrorism target. I think it's a very bad outcome for everybody. But it's a risk we don't want to put our passengers under."