SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco’s Municipal Railway said it won’t be removing controversial ads from its buses, but will instead give ad revenue to the Human Rights Commission.
Muni officials spoke on Wednesday, addressing the ads purchased by the American Freedom Defense Initiative that contains a message that has been called “anti-Islam” by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The organization, called a hate group by the ADL is run by Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer who purchased the ads that say, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad.”
Tom Nolan, the president of the Transportation Board finds the ads offensive but said removing them could cause other problems.
“What could happen here if we take them all down [is] we could be taken to court and [there] would be a big cost associated with that and we could be