Metro riders waiting for trains in Glenmont Metro Station Thursday afternoon might have noticed small 'Hate speech' signs affixed to an advertisment that read, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
The ad is paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, whose executive director is blogger and political activist Pamela Geller, and has been in place since Monday. Similar ads have been posted in the U Street, Georgia Avenue and Takoma Metro stations.
The Huffington Post reported that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which operates the D.C. Metrorail system, at first delayed putting up the advertisements because of their controversial nature, but the American Freedom Defense Initiative successfully sued.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer told Metro to display the ads by 5 p.m. on Oct. 8, citing First Amendment protections, according to the Huffington Post.
The ads will run for four weeks, Politico reported.