Free speech isn't pretty. A federal judge protected Pam Geller's right to purchase an anti-Muslim ad on buses in New York City which offends people. The only way the government -- which owns the buses -- can stop her is by rejecting all ads from everyone.
Some online readers at the Washington Post showed their ignorance of free speech in the comments:
"Maybe the solution is some vigilante teams armed with cans of spray paint to blot out the offending adds."
"So the judge basically thinks its OK for an advertisement to claim people who look a certain way want to kill Jews. Wow, I mean, just wow."
"I find such ads despicable. I wouldn't permit them."
"When Judges mix their own politics/religion with their judiciary duties, Judges become biased. Judge Koeltl also clerked for another pro- Israeli judge: Edward Weinfeld!"
"So now I am free to start posting KILLING XTIANS IS FUN! ads!"
"How little judgement the judge demonstrated. Would it be OK to run an ad on the NY buses that read, 'kill a Muslim a day keeps jihad away,' or kill judge Smith, etc. No it would not be Okay. So how can it be Okay to say kill jews. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl should be ashamed of himself."
(The ad was not advocating the killing of anyone. The story did not make that very clear.)
Someone suggested public funding of the buses instead of taking ad money.
Uh, they already do that.