WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge will issue a ruling soon on whether the D.C. transit system must be forced to allow a pro-Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages.

The Metro system has delayed putting the ads up because of the violent reaction in the Middle East to the video the “Innocence of Muslims,” which denigrated the prophet Muhammad. The system says it wants to protect the safety of its riders and employees.

The group behind the ads, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, argued at a hearing Thursday that the Metro system’s decision violated the First Amendment. The group is seeking an injunction ordering the system to display the ads.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer didn’t rule from the bench. She said she’d issue a ruling “as quickly as I can.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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