San Francisco has got some explaining to do!
Bus ads that many are calling anti-Muslim are riding all over the city on San Fran’s Muni buses and nothing is being done to stop it.
The ads, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) includes one running on 10 of the city’s Muni buses with an image of Osama bin Laden, the burning Twin Towers and the tagline, “That’s his jihad. What’s yours?”
According to Yahoo News:
The ads supposedly quote from extremists. One attributes a statement from the militant group Hamas, which reads: “Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah.”
AFDI had beat back an attempt by New York City’s transit authority to block a similar campaign in that city’s subway system. Comparable ads have run in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
And even though San Francisco officials are condemning the campaign…the ads have been allowed to stay. The $5,000 the group paid to Muni will go to the Human Rights Commission to study discrimination against the Islamic community, according to the city.
“These offensive ads serve no purpose than to denigrate our city’s Arab and Muslim communities,” District Attorney George Gascon told local ABC News on Monday. The city has also created a campaign of its own to counter the ads.
Pamela Geller, co-founder of AFDI, said the ads are in response to a campaign sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in January that promoted the word “jihad” as a nonviolent term. “I don’t believe [our] ads in any way say that all Muslims support jihad, but there have been over 20,500 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11. That’s a problem, and we need to talk about it,” she said.
Hmm…seems a little discriminatory to target an entire religion. Do you think the ads are insensitive?
SOURCE: Yahoo News