The HART board of directors today rejected a request to purchase bus ads supporting diversity in the workplace — a compromise proposal that had followed previous requests to HART for an ad using the word "Jihad" and another with the word "Muslims."

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority policy prohibits advertisements that "primarily promote a religious faith or religious organization," so HART's staff sought revisions to the first two requests submitted by the Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The concept the board finally voted on would have featured a picture of eight adults, and the words "CAIR FLORIDA" along with the message, "Embracing Diversity at Work, Defending Civil Rights in The Community."

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