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Faith groups launch campaign to counter controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad

Posted by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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 Jewish and Christian groups have unveiled three separate ad campaigns to counter what they claim is hateful speech toward Muslims contained within an advertisement posted at some New York City subway stations.

The new ads tout religious tolerance and offer support to the Muslim community.

"Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors," reads one. "Support peace in word and deed," reads another.

The campaigns are in response to a controversial "Defeat Jihad" ad that is displayed in 10 of the city's more than 400 subway stations. It reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority initially rejected the ad, which was produced by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. But the authority's decision was overturned when a federal judge ruled that the ad is protected speech under the First Amendment.

Jihad -- Arabic for "struggle" -- is considered a religious duty for Muslims, although there are both benign and militant interpretations of what it means.

"We, as an organization of rabbis want to make it clear to New York and to the U.S. that neither rabbis nor the mainstream Jewish community support this dehumanization, but in fact we value partnership with our Muslim neighbors and Muslim organizations," said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, of Rabbis for Human Rights, one of the three groups behind the new ads.

The other groups are Sojourners, a Christian faith-based social justice group, and United Methodist Women.

Jacobs described an outpouring of support from individual donors in response to the "Defeat Jihad" ad, which allowed for the purchase of 20 new ads. They are expected to be posted in city subway stations Monday, said Jacobs.

Timothy King, of Sojourners, said his group will debut 10 ads, also Monday, in close proximity to the "Defeat Jihad" ads.

"We are going to go out of our way to make sure Muslims are treated well here, and we hope our fellow Christians will be treated well abroad," King said.

United Methodist Women have already posted its ads around Manhattan, according to Harriet Olson, the group's general secretary.

Meanwhile, Pamela Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, defended the controversial "Defeat Jihad" ad, saying there is nothing hateful about it.

"My own ad is not hate speech. It's love speech. It's love of life speech," she told CNN in an e-mail Friday.

Regarding her critics, Geller said: "Their moral myopia is immense. They are confusing resistance to hatred with actual hatred."

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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:58 PM
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I was reading about this last night. 

Good for them.

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

This makes me happy. Hopefully we'll start haring more positive things to out weigh all the negativity out there. 

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

As long as the ads contain the disclaimer Geller was required to include I don't see why this wouldbe a problem.  I don't expect Geller would have issue with this example of peaceful protest.  Way to go for the Jewish and Christian groups for their peaceful protest as a response to Gellers peaceful protests.

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

 Good for them. Speaking out against hate speech. Glad to hear it.

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM
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What disclaimer was Geller required to include?

I'm proud of these 3 groups, especially Rabbis for Human Rights, since Geller makes American Jews look so bad.

Geller clearly isn't pleased or she wouldn't call their response moral myopia. Of course, she loves all the attention she is getting. She really should be a nobody. She IS a nobody, so she should get no attention.
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brandydesiree
by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:40 PM
Good for them...its free speech. On both parts.

I have no problem with the defeat Jihad poster, and I have no problem with have posters that counter it.

That's the great thing about America...free speech.
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collectivecow
by Gold Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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I'm honestly glad to see the media reporting the disapproval of Jewish groups and Jews about the advertisement. I think when media gives credence to the idea that we are varied in opinions and that many don't approve of such behavior, it gives those who want equal treatment for everyone more power.

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM
What disclaimer? Geller voiced dislike for their response above, FYI. But she loves attention.


Quoting 12hellokitty:

As long as the ads contain the disclaimer Geller was required to include I don't see why this wouldbe a problem.  I don't expect Geller would have issue with this example of peaceful protest.  Way to go for the Jewish and Christian groups for their peaceful protest as a response to Gellers peaceful protests.


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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM
I think Gellers response your reading is directed towards those attacking her ad, as opposed to her commenting on the faith groups ads.

The MTA required Geller to list a disclaimer on her ad, I think it was saying something like the MTA isn't endorsing the views and who paid for he ad.

A lot of people love attention....


Quoting Bookwormy:

What disclaimer? Geller voiced dislike for their response above, FYI. But she loves attention.




Quoting 12hellokitty:

As long as the ads contain the disclaimer Geller was required to include I don't see why this wouldbe a problem.  I don't expect Geller would have issue with this example of peaceful protest.  Way to go for the Jewish and Christian groups for their peaceful protest as a response to Gellers peaceful protests.



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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM

That is great.  I am so happy to hear about this.

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