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US Muslims Launch Counter Hate Campaign

US Muslims Launch Counter Hate Campaign

WASHINGTON – A US Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group has announced its plans to erect its own advertisements in Metro stations to combat anti-Muslim hateful ads that equate Muslims with “savages.”

“We take these hate messages very seriously,” Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, told WUSA news channel on Friday, October 12.

“They need to be countered through collective American efforts to reject Islamic phobia and hate mongering and celebrate the forgiveness, free speech but also civil speech.”

The counter ad campaign was planned after a federal judge ruled that no one could stop the signs from going up in Washington metro stops, citing freedom of speech.

The ad campaign is the second in an American state following earlier campaign in New York city.

The new CAIR campaign was suggested following an inflammatory advertisement equating Jihad to savagery appeared in ten subway stations in New York City.

The provocative ads were sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative.

One ad says, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.”

CAIR said the anti-Islam ads are hurtful and create a climate of fear during a time when mosques are being targeted, shot at, burned and vandalized.

Fighting islamophobic ads, CAIR decided to put up three 16 foot banners at Metro station to counter the anti-Muslim ads.

They’re going up next Tuesday at Glenmont, Georgia Avenue and U Street Metro stops.

The CAIR signs read a passage from Noble Qur’an saying: “Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant.”

Getting the backing from nearly 130 organizations from all religions, CAIR purchased three ad spaces for $5400.

The CAIR signs will not be next to the hate signs but will be at three of the four stations where the anti-Muslim signs have been erected.

The signs will be up for four weeks.

Appreciated

Different Americans expressed support for the anti-hate campaign sponsored by CAIR.

“That’s appropriate,” Jonathan Thesley said.

“That’s humble, it shows humility and does not lash out,” he added.

Diane Tepfer was inspired on her train ride into making her own sign that reads ‘all human beings are created in the image of God.’

“I had to counteract this however I could. U street is my home.”

Many Christian and Jewish organizations have already expressed solidarity with Muslims by hanging pro-Muslim posters next to the provocative ads in New York to condemn intolerance and celebrate the city’s diversity.

Jacobs’ Rabbis for Human Rights – North America and the group Sojourners, led by the Christian author and social-justice advocate Jim Wallis, unveiled their campaigns last Monday.

The ad by Rabbis for Human Rights says, “In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors.”

The Sojourners ad says, “Love your Muslim neighbors.”

Another Christian group, United Methodist Women, an affiliate of the United Methodist Church, has placed similar ads in the same 10 Manhattan stations where the anti-jihad appears.

The ads, which went up on Wednesday, say, “Hate speech is not civilized. Support peace in word and deed.”

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  • Awesome

    It’s about time something constructive was done in response to Mad Pam’s hate campaign.

  • mike

    jd, you are apearently a moron,

    ” Where are the calls Freedom of speech for the Westboro Baptist Church” well they are straight out of the supreme court

    the westboro ruling

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-751.pdf

    there is no double standard. and fuck muhammad and his bullshit.

  • Garibaldi

    @Nice Person,

    Excellent suggestion. I have been following the negotiations, but didn’t know an agreement was signed.

  • Nice Person

    http://news.yahoo.com/video/philippines-milf-sign-peace-accord-094759277.html

    Maybe you can write about this historical event :) Peace from the Phillipines 😀

  • Ilisha

    @Danish

    “Its sad that many mistook the freedom of speech for hate and bigotry.”

    The two aren’t mutually exclusive. Free speech can certainly be a vehicle for expressing racism, bigotry, and hatred.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold CriticalDragon1177

    @Amago

    I hope this has the desired effect. By the way, I was wondering why there was no picture earlier.

  • mindy1

    Love the link JD-those people make me wanna puke 😀

  • JD

    Westboro Baptist Church Protester Bull-Rushed At Military Funeral Protest

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/15/westboro-baptist-church-video_n_1967661.html?show_comment_id=196523965#comment_196523965

    The Westboro Baptist Church’s attempt to picket a military funeral in North Carolina over the weekend drew a lively counter protest that crested when a service member in the crowd bull-rushed a congregant attempting to stomp on the American flag.

    (Video above, via YouTube user chris henson)

    The service was meant to honor 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson, who was among 14 people killed earlier this month in a suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan. Johnson was reportedly gay, and is survived by her wife Tracy Dice, also a member of the armed forces. Westboro, which frequently links the death of American soldiers to the nation’s growing acceptance of gays, made no mention of Johnson’s sexuality in a release announcing their intent to demonstrate.

    North Carolina’s ABC 11 reports that hundreds of people showed up to block Westboro members from disrupting the service. The dueling demonstrations reportedly played out with only one “minor disturbance,” presumably the incident documented above.

    The Guardian of Valor blog reports that the assailant was later released by police without charges.

    Westboro’s provocative displays prompted legislative action earlier this year, when President Barack Obama signed a law placing restrictions on the timing and location of military funeral protests. Westboro organizers vowed they wouldn’t be deterred.

    Jonathan Phelps, a prominent member of the controversial congregation, summarized Westboro’s views on the LGBT community last week, when he told radio host David Pakman that he “absolutely” supported the notion of putting gays to death.

    ——————

    Love the comments on this

    “They stomp on the flag.One supports the notion of killing gays.They trash people in the military.Ive never laid a hand on anyone.Thankfully,ive never been in jail.That said,these are the people,i would have no problem,taking them ,in the middle of nowhere,put a bullet in each kneecap,and simply go back home”

    “Exercising free speech does not entail complete freedom from opposition. Assaulting a deceased serviceman with epithets and insults will cause a reaction from her friends. The louder and the worse the insult, the more vigorous the opposition. While I am a peaceful person, I fully understand the reaction of those who have become tired of insults coming from this sect’s intemperate and offensive members. ”

    “Burn their church with them in it to the ground!!!!! ”

    “Freedom of speech protects you from being prosecuted not punched ”

    So much understanding in the comments section + cheer of the crowd where was it when there were Muhammad protests ? Where are the calls Freedom of speech for the Westboro Baptist Church? Why is Assaulting a deceased serviceman with epithets and insults cause a reaction from her friends ok and everyone understand where they are coming from but when someone insulting a person holy person and it causes a reaction its because of the religion and not human nature. Why is tehre Double standard ?

  • Young & Free

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZvRauGry2w

    Kamal Saleem “wake up and smell the hummus” after telling the audience Obama’s babysitter wears a “ninja abaya”, so he’s implying there’s Arabs all over the white house..

  • mindy1

    I wish them luck and success

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold CriticalDragon1177

    @Amago

    Hopefully this will do a lot to help combat Geller’s bigoted ads.

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  • Danish

    Its sad that many mistook the freedom of speech for hate and bigotry.

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