Several days ago, a vandal was caught on video defacing a pro-Israeli ad on the New York subway. The video, showing a bystander protecting the sign from a left-wing vandal with a spray can, was a minor youtube sensation.
What was the reaction of the Transit Authority that runs the subway? To reward the vandal, of course:
Just one day after an Islamic activist attempted to cover over private property in spray paint (and a woman who got in her way), the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York has announced they will amend their rules to prohibit the types of advertisements that offended her.
The New York Times reports the MTA will prohibit any advertisements that it “reasonably foresees would imminently incite or provoke violence or other immediate breach of the peace.” Those “viewpoint” ads that do not meet this criteria will be allowed, so long as a disclaimer is included saying the MTA does not endorse them.
In light of this development, Instapundit Glenn Reynolds, offers this advice:
My advice to the Religious Right: Deface anything you find offensive. That’s clearly how to get your way.
He’s right. It’s time we stop responding like gentlemen to the left’s thuggish tactics.