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SEPTA loses fight to bar anti-Islam ads from buses

Ryan Tack-Hooper, an attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations Pennsylvania, said though he thinks the ads are false and hateful, SEPTA can’t argue with the Constitution. “SEPTA’s in a tough spot because people want to see them fight this, but at the same time, we don’t want to have SEPTA damaging the First Amendment,” Tack-Hooper said. “This is not about SEPTA giving in. I think they’ve already gone above the call of duty by fighting this in the district court.”

Judge: SEPTA buses can be plastered with Hitler’s mug

“These ads are despicable and false, but fall under First Amendment protections,” Jacob Bender, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), said Thursday. “We have no problem with the judge’s ruling, but have a great amount of antipathy for AFDI pushing a clearly hate-inspired, anti-Muslim message on the citizens of our fair city. One can only imagine the revulsion that tens of thousands of Muslim citizens will feel getting onto SEPTA buses and trolleys” bearing the ad.

Court Orders SEPTA To Run Anti-Islamic Bus Ads: CAIR-Philadelphia Responds (video)

Jacob Bender on The Dom Giordano Program (audio)

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CAIR-Philadelphia in today’s Inquirer

As the Executive Director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, I believe your readers should be aware that many Muslim organizations, including ours, have condemned the recent brutal murders in the Jerusalem synagogue. CAIR’s national statement reads in-part, “We condemn this and any other attack on a house of worship and urge all parties in that holy city to refrain from actions that further inflame religious tensions.”

Jacob Bender interviewed on the SEPTA ads controversy (audio)

KYW Radio 1060

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NFL Spokesperson Admits Player Should Not Have Been Penalized For Religious Gesture

CBS Philly“We’re happy that the NFL clarified the rule so that there’s no perception of a double standard,” said C.A.I.R Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper. “CAIR and the NFL have bigger problems than a penalty in a blowout game.”

Ryan Tack-Hooper on Business Matters

69-newsCAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper appeared on Business Matters (WFMZ Ch. 69) with Tony Iannelli with a panel discussing ISIS.

Jacob Bender on The Dom Giordano Program (audio)

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Alert! Islamophobes Pay for Anti-Muslim Ads on SEPTA

NBC10CAIR-Philadelphia’s staff attorney, Ryan Tack-Hooper, was interviewed on NBC10 about the Islamophobic ad campaign. He denounced the bigotry of Geller’s ads while calling for the ignorant ads to be countered by compassion and reason.