Elected officials and faith leaders are denouncing anti-Islamic ads soon to appear on New York City transit buses and subway stations.
Six different ads will appear next week on 100 buses. Some depict American journalist James Foley just before his beheading.
A group led by anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller is paying $100,000 for the ads. Geller says they’re meant to warn of a “coming jihad” that politicians ignore.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Comptroller Scott Stringer and others said Tuesday the ads represent “hate speech.”
Mark-Viverito said they “have no place in New York City” and urged Geller to remove them.
The MTA is required to run so-called viewpoint ads. The agency requires a disclaimer saying it doesn’t endorse the views.