New York City's transit authority announced its decision Monday to approve a bus ad opposing the proposed mosque near Ground Zero.
The ad, which was paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is the latest evidence of public outrage over the $100 million Islamic center.
New York media outlets report the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had initially refused to allow the ads.
However, after a federal lawsuit and adjustments making the ad "less inflammatory," the agency backed down after being sued.
"While the MTA does not endorse the views expressed in this or other ads that appear on the transit system, the advertisement purchased by a group opposing a planned mosque near the World Trade Center was accepted today after its review under MTA's advertising guidelines and governing legal standards," MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said Monday.