Advertising Gets Dragged Into Ground Zero Mosque Debate

Free Speech Takes on Freedom of Religion in Constitutional Grudge Match

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I didn't expect the debate over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York to go away any time soon, but I was hoping it would carry on over there, well outside the world of advertising. But, no. After the anti-mosque crowd suffered the latest defeat because the Constitution can't be any clearer regarding the subject of governmental interference with religion, they've responded with ads.

According to The New York Post, something called the American Freedom Defense Initiative successfully sued to force the MTA to accept its ads. So New Yorkers will get to see a visual of one of the planes flying into the World Trade Center paired with a mock-up of the proposed mosque.

And you know what? This is fine. It's America, where we have both freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Let the battle of ideas ensue. Even if the battle of ideas pits irrational hysteria on one side against this: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

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