CBS62logoNEW2013_blue_final_header_White wwj950-sm2011b 971-ticket-35smb 35h_CBSSportsRad_Detroit
LARRY DELISLE BREAKS SILENCE 25 YEARS AFTER DRIVING KIDS INTO DETROIT RIVER - READ MORE

Local

SMART Bus At Odds Over ‘Leaving Islam’ Ads

View Comments
SMART Bus

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

DETROIT (WWJ) – The SMART bus system is appealing a court order that could force it to accept ads from an organization trying to convince Muslims to leave Islam.

SMART is asking federal judge Denise Page Hood to suspend a preliminary injunction she imposed.

The judge previously ruled that the transit company violated free speech rights by rejecting ads from the American Freedom Defense Initiative that would go on the sides of SMART buses.

The ads read in part, “Fatwa on your head? Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get answers!”

SMART General Manager John Hertel argued the ads are political nature and he has a right to reject them.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative says SMART is being inconsistent because buses have carried ads promoting atheism.

The next court hearing is scheduled for May 12.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus