A provocative ad that equates some Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up next week in the city subway system, just as violent protests in the Middle East are subsiding over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the prophet Muhammad.
A conservative blogger who once headed a campaign against an Islamic center near the 9/11 terror attack site won a court order to post the ad in 10 subway stations on Monday. It reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
The ad was plastered on San Francisco city buses in recent weeks -- prompting some to deface them.
The blogger, Pamela Geller, said she filed suit Thursday in the nation's capital to post the ad in Washington's transit system, after officials declined to put up the ad in light of the uproar in the Middle East over the anti-Islam film.
Abdul Yasar, a New York subway rider who considers himself an observant Muslim, called the ad insensitive in an unsettling climate for Muslims.
"If you don't want to see what happened in Libya and Egypt after the video -- maybe not so strong here in America -- you shouldn't put this up," Yasar said. But "if this is a free country, they have the right to do this," he said. "And then Muslims have the right to put up their own ad."
Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and publisher of a blog called Atlas Shrugs, called a New York judge's order allowing the ads "a victory for the First Amendment" and said she wasn't concerned the ad could spark protests like the ones protesting the video.
Violence linked to the movie has left at least 30 people in seven countries dead, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
City police aren't anticipating adding any security to subways when the ads go up and have received no threats relating to them, chief spokesman Paul Browne said.