A federal judge who ordered D.C.'s public transit system to put up pro-Israel ads that equate Muslim radicals with savages said Metro officials voiced reasonable safety concerns but failed to consider other alternatives when they delayed displaying the messages.
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer issued a 17-page opinion Friday explaining an earlier decision that ordered Metro to display the ads, which were proposed by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an advocacy organization harshly critical of Muslim radicals and run by blogger Pamela Geller. The judge's initial ruling came without explanation last week in a one-page order.
The group contracted to display four 43-by-62 inch dioramas on subway platforms with the message: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." The same ads began running last month in some New York subway stations, and after Collyer's order, went up in a handful of Metro stations this week.