Senseless in Seattle: Pamela Geller anti-terror ad causes new fireworks

Activist Pamela Geller is in a new tangle over public transportation advertising after Seattle Transit in King County, Wash., refused to run her ad showing the FBI’s most wanted terrorists – an ad identical in all meaningful ways to one it accepted a month ago.

In an article posted on, Geller writes that Seattle Transit turned down ads her American Freedom Defense Initiative wanted to put on the system’s buses to replace similar ads the FBI had purchased but then removed because of political pressure from Seattle’s Democrat congressman Jim McDermott.

terroradThe 16 “Most Wanted Terrorists” featured on the ad are all Muslims, from various parts of the world, including the United States, according to Geller’s account.

That fact, and Seattle Transit’s policies of political correctness, make the ad unacceptable, Geller wrote.

Seattle Transit informed Geller’s group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, that it would not take the ad because it violated the transit system’s advertising policies in three ways: that it was “false or misleading”; that it was “demeaning or disparaging”; and that it was “harmful or disruptive.”

Two out of three of these reasons are nonsense, Geller writes. The ad is true – the 16 men pictured in it are the FBI’s most wanted terrorists. The ad is only demeaning or disparaging to a group of people only in that they might share the same faith as those pictured, which is a little like saying a picture of Bernie Madoff as a con man is automatically demeaning to Jews.

The third reason is the one that counts, and it’s the worst reason of all.

Seattle Transit determined that the ad “so objectionable that it is reasonably foreseeable that it will result in harm to, disruption of or interference with the transportation system.”

“So, in other words,” Geller writes, “they won’t run this ad depicting the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists because those Most Wanted Terrorists might blow them up. And so Seattle bows down before the terrorists. It isn’t the first time, and won’t be the last.”

Geller’s incendiary approach to Islamic terrorism has gotten her into fights over advertising before, and she’s on the right side again. It’s a twisted logic that rejects material that accurately depicts some Muslims as being terrorists because it reflects badly other Muslims, while at the same time justifying the rejection as saying it could cause violence from other Muslims.

It’s classic liberalism in action again: denying reality at the same time as accepting it, and all the while denying you’re doing either.

There’s no other word for it. It’s crazy.


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