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Colorado faith leaders combat anti-Muslim ads with ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ campaign

Love thy neighbor launch (h/t: CriticalDragon)

Colorado faith leaders combat anti-Muslim ads with ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ campaign

Standing in Denver’s main mosque on Christmas Eve, Christian, Muslim and Jewish community leaders launched an ad campaign promoting understanding and tolerance between the religious groups. “Love Thy Neighbor” ads on Denver buses are intended to combat anti-Muslim ads produced by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. The controversial group attracted attention with hateful posters in New York subways and DC metro stations.

The Colorado Muslim Society paid $5,000 for the “Love Thy Neighbor” ads, which focus on love as “a shared concept in the three religions.” Other religious leaders and interfaith groups then publicly embraced the message:

They said the ad they unveiled — at a time on the calendar devoted to love and understanding — is meant to respond to recent national tragedies and to replace anti-Muslim ads placed on buses last month.

“Our country is in the midst of a lot of divisions,” Temple Emanuel Senior Rabbi Joe Black said.“Hatred is only going to further violence and the breakdown of society.”

Denver’s tolerance initiative follows the lead of many faith groups around the country protesting the Islamophobic ads. The Denver ads proclaim: “9,757 Deadly Islamic Attacks Since 9/11/01. It’s Not Islamophobia. It’s Islamorealism.” Colorado’s religious leaders also stood together in solidarity after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Public renunciation of anti-Muslim bigotry is much needed, as hate crimes against Muslims have held steady at a record high. Meanwhile, anti-Islamic rhetoric has become commonplace in mainstream media.

Think Progress, 25 December 2012

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  • http://twitter.com/CriticalDragon1 CriticalDragon1177

    I knew you guys would like it. I’m really glad this is happening as well.

  • mindy1

    Now THIS is faith in action, and showing how to be :D

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    A love thy neighbor campaign is exactly what is needed as more and more groups drown the stupidity of a Geller or Spencer.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    I kind of ‘objected’ to the hate ads at first, and from where I sit, outside of the umbrella of American ideals, I didnt see the ‘freedom of expression’ in the purposeful incitement of anger though hatemongering and bigotry, like those of Pamela Geller and her ‘organization’
    Now though, I see the point in allowing hate speech, and thinks it is the right move to allow hate speech to be dissiminated. It isnt that those who protest against it are trespassing on someone elses right to be hateful, it is simply determining who is reasponsible for what happens after.
    As with the Christians who funded, made, and dissiminated that film, they are all the laughing stock of not only the entertainment world…but of the world in general. They are seen as ‘hand in hand’ with those idiots who burned, destroyed, and threatened to kill people in Cairo (now that we know that the murders of 14 people in Benghazi that inciuded the American ambassodor was not about, nor related to the violent protests about the film…but a purposeful attack) We look at the Qur’an burner, Terry Jones as the ‘class clown’, and expose on a daily basis people like Mr Shoebat, Ms Gabriel, Mr Caner…and laugh at the shreeking voices of Ms Geller and Ms. Sultan…as they bumble through life trying to keep the industry of hate alive by becoming more rediculous in thier rhetoric.
    Understand, that these people have a very narrow audience with a very narrow view of the world. They tend to be like the EDL…holigans who just want a reason to legitimise thier criminality, hate, bigotry…and to blame for thier fat bellys full of beer, living amonst the people they claim are sucking the resources our of government…you know…because they belive they would get more if so many people were not on the dole…as if they are deserving because they are ‘citzens…and they have a gun and belive in the ‘right God’.
    What the hatefulness of Geller and her posters have brought is something we who love Daw’ah could not have dreamed of without it. That is…a chance to dialouge with many more people who have questions…rather than ‘answers’.
    Thank you Pam…gotta love you.

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