September 24, 2012

The Post reported Sept. 21 that Metro is being sued by a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which the Southern Poverty Law Center considers a hate group [“Metro sued over delay in displaying pro-Israel ads,” Metro].

The group, claiming its free-speech right, wants Metro to display an ad that states: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.” Metro has deferred posting the ad.

Metro’s management must be congratulated for withholding the posting of such an egregiously inflammatory advertisement. Metro users, and the general public, must speak out against this attempt to disinform the public, whichcould provoke violence.

As a Jewish man and a son of Holocaust survivors, I condemn the spread of religion-based hatred and fear. This is not just a matter of supporting tolerance; it is about common sense and decency.

Alfred Gluecksmann, Silver Spring

The dispute between the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Metro over the display of an ad is portrayed by the organization as a freedom-of-speech issue. I support denying the distribution of all hate-mongering speech, regardless of the media employed, and not only at a time when an Internet video of unbridled malice gives evidence of the appalling consequences of such speech. 

If ever we are to achieve mutual understanding, justice and peace, we must seek a cooling of passions — individual, communal and governmental — and show respect for all humankind. There is a line between legitimate free speech and incitement to violence.

Elaine Naper, Chestertown