NYC transit bans anti-Islam ads

Oh, this is just great:

Just one day after an Islamic activist attempted to cover over private property in spray paint (and a woman who got in her way), the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York has announced they will amend their rules to prohibit the types of advertisements that offended her.

The New York Times reports the MTA will prohibit any advertisements that it “reasonably foresees would imminently incite or provoke violence or other immediate breach of the peace.” Those “viewpoint” ads that do not meet this criteria will be allowed, so long as a disclaimer is included saying the MTA does not endorse them. . .

Self-proclaimed “proud-liberal Muslim” activist Mona Eltahawy served as the impetus of the ruling after she spray painted a pro-Israel advertisement placed in the New York City subway. . .

If I’m reading this right, the policy literally bans any advertisement that someone might use violence to protest. Do these people think at all about the incentives they are setting? Is the cause of free speech completely orphaned?

POSTSCRIPT: The activist who successfully got the ads banned by spray painting over them proclaimed when she was arrested, “this is what happens in America when you express yourself.” That is called chutzpah.

UPDATE: Fixed the title to be more precise.

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