The Common Good

Up Close: Subway Ad

Date: September 30, 2012

Is it a message of hate, or free speech? Or both? We're talking about an ad in New York subway stations, widely seen as anti-Muslim, that's sparking strong reaction and pushback, including an arrest for vandalizing the controversial ads.

The ad reads "In any war between the civilized man and the savages, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." The MTA tried to block the ads from going up but lost that battle.

They are now posted in heavily trafficked areas such as Grand Central Station and Times Square. We'll be joined by Pamela Geller, a conservative activist who created the ad.

She is the executive director of American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America. Also with us is Jim Wallis, chief executive officer of Sojourners, a Christian group which works to build alliances among people of different faiths.