The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is preparing to plaster New York City buses with anti-Islam advertisements to raise awareness about the need for Muslims in the US to denounce ISIS and teach young Muslims to reject violence.
One of the ads use images from the execution of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alongside a photo of the executioner as a rap artist – with the caption “executioner who beheaded reporter before he became a jihadist.” (BELOW)
The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), led by blogger Pamela Geller and writer Robert Spencer, announced recently that it plans to run six anti-Islam ads on more than 100 buses in New York City. Geller claimed in a post that the campaign, “boldly tells truths that the U.S. government and the mainstream media seem determined to obfuscate.”
Other ads instruct the US to “end all aid to Islamic countries,” and ones connecting Hamas with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an American Muslim organization. The campaign features six posters total, all critical of Islam. One features a picture of Adolf Hitler.
A federal court ruled the New York City Metro Transit Authority must run the ads, but the public transit authorities of Philadelphia refused to allow the AFDI ads on their buses because it violated their policy prohibiting the “disparagement” or “ridicule” of any “person or group of persons on the basis of race, religious belief, age, sex, alienage, national origin, sickness or disability.”
“Our organization has created this campaign in order to educate people about Jihad,” Geller told 1010 WINS. “I don’t think the truth is controversial. I think we’re entering a very dangerous period and I don’t think the American people should be disarmed in the information battle space.”
The MTA has introduced a policy that there has to be a disclaimer, which states the ads are not the opinions of the MTA.
New York City’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, said, in a statement to the Daily News,“These ads are outrageous, inflammatory and wrong, and have no place in New York City, or anywhere. These hateful messages serve only to divide and stigmatize when we should be coming together as one city.”
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