Chapel Hill Examining Bus Ad From Pro-Israel Group

Oct 23, 2012

Chapel Hill could decide soon whether to allow a pro-Israel group's ads to appear on town buses.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative's message says in part, "In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man.” Assistant Transit Director Brian Litchfield says the town is reviewing it.

Brian Litchfield: "Our hope is to communicate with AFDI sometime this week regarding any thoughts that staff might have."

A town attorney says use of the word "savage" could be interpreted as disparaging of a creed or religion and violate the town's ad policy. AFDI executive director Pamela Geller stands by the language.

Pamela Geller: "Even Chapel Hill residents who may not agree with me should be very disturbed by the fact that their government is censoring what they can and cannot see on transit ad spaces."

Geller says AFDI plans a lawsuit should Chapel Hill not allow the ad. It successfully sued New York City and Washington, D.C. where the ads are now running.