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Anti-Muslim Billboard: “Islam Rising…Be Warned”

The fearmongering continues, courtesy of a Christian Action Network (CAN) advertisement. (hat tip: Abdullah)

Some take offense to billboard warning drivers about Islam

By Jackie Faye

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A billboard along Interstate 26 is catching a lot of eyes, and viewers are calling our newsroom about it. Some think it’s offensive, and others just want to know what it means.

On a stretch of highway from Orangeburg to Columbia, one sees advertisement on billboards scattered along the side of the road. But this billboard stands out, reading “Islam Rising Be Warned.”

“I think it is exciting hate and fear,” said Jennifer Bynum. “You know there are terrorists out there, but they are not all out there amongst us.”

The Islamic Center of Columbia has been on Gervais Street for close to 30 years. Habeeb Abdullah has been a member since the beginning, and says there is nothing to fear over the sign.

“I am not going to judge what they meant, I’m just going to take it as-is,” said Abdullah. “They say Islam is on the rise — which is true, it is on the rise — but there is nothing to be afraid of from Islam.”

If you look closely at the sign, it sends you to a website paid for by the Christian Action Network. We emailed the group for a comment, and they requested we watch their video first.

The video shows protests of people holding signs reading “Be prepared for the real holocaust” and shows the deadly attacks of 9/11. It also shows a man saying “I have been ordered by Allah to fight against people until they testify there is no god but Allah.”

Abdullah maintains there is no correlation between his religion and the video or the billboard.

“If Islam is on the rise, I think American people are informed enough to know what is right and what is wrong,” Abdullah said. “So if they are accepting Islam, there has to be a reason.”

We emailed the Christian action network again after watching the video, per their request. Their response was, “If you still have questions after watching the trailer then you need to watch the full documentary.”

The billboard is owned by Revelation, which rents out billboards all over. The cost depends on size and location, and can run from $500 to $2,000.

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  • Tighe McCandless

    To add on to this:

    Pope Urban II was motivated by a desire to achieve dominance over the split between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. I’ve not read enough about the man to know if this was purposefully malicious (i.e. trying to increase his own power) or if he really did believe it was a holy duty to unite Christendom under a single banner. It became, though not intentionally, a way of packing the area with people who would hypothetically be loyal to the Catholic church and not to Muslim powers (in this case, likely the Turks) or the Eastern Roman Empire in the various kingdoms along the western coast of the Arabian peninsula, mostly with the sons of Frankish – and other – nobility who weren’t in direct line for succession back at home.

    The initial motivation for the Crusades came from the nasty treatment of just about everyone, including other Muslims, by the Turks who had just moved into the area from out east. Alexios I was worried and asked for assistance in exchange for a concession that I can’t quite recall at the moment.

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Actually, no. The Crusades were a military/political/religious venture with the express stated aim of capturing Jerusalem, not Spain or anything else, and the first Crusade was called by Pope Urban II in 1095. The very term Crusade actually means “to take up the cross.” And yes, the Crusades started centuries after Islam had arrived in the Near East (the Arab conquests of Egypt and Syria were in the 630s or so; that’s more than a four century gap).

    Of course, its also worth noting that the term ‘Crusade’ later came to be applied to several unrelated Christian military ventures over the centuries. The Albigensian Crusades, for example, were against Gnostic Christians in Occitania, not Muslims. And the Baltic Crusades were against Baltic pagans, and later the Russian Orthodox Church as well. And the Aragonese Crusade is even funnier because the Pope called it against Pero lo Gran, the Christian king of Aragón, for annexing Sicily (which the pope considered to be one of his personal fiefs).

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