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Metro officials also gave another reason for the ban. They said they feared violence from Muslims. According to Washington Post reporter Paul Duggan, a “Metro official says agency fears a cartoon ad of the Prophet Muhammad would make buses and subway stations ‘terrorists targets.'” And so, with all that in mind, the authority placed a ban on all PSAs through the end of the year.
As to the bus and train ads, courts in several jurisdictions have repeatedly ruled in Geller’s favor, telling mass transit authorities from coast to coast that they must allow the ads if they take any PSA or issue advocacy ads at all.
“It’s obviously a way for them to avoid this very challenging issue,” former Metro board member Jim Graham told USNews. “By stopping all ads they’re able to say they’re doing it in a way that doesn’t [target] this one ad