Anti-Muslim Ads Return to NYC Subways

The new year brings a new load of vitriol to New York City's subway systems.

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Cyrus McGoldrick, a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, attempts to talk to a woman as she walks by an advertisement that reads "Support Israel/Defeat Jihad" in the Times Square subway station in New York, September 24, 2012.

The new year has brought new anti-Islam attack ads to New York City’s subway system.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, a conservative organization infamous for its controversial take against the Islamic faith, has purchased ad space in 39 subway stations across New York City. When passengers look up to check the time on 228 of the subway system’s clocks, they’ll also see a photo of flames engulfing the World Trade Center accompanied by a quote, attributed to the Quran: “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.”

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The group is well-known for its inflammatory ads. Last September, the AFDI ran ads implying Muslim radicals were “savages,” declaring: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” Though the Metropolitan Transportation Authority initially rejected the ads, the AFDI sued, citing their right to free speech. The court ruled in favor of the organization and its outspoken executive director, Pamela Geller, and the ads went up in 10 subway stations. But New Yorkers didn’t take well to the posters — Geller told New York City’s WCBS 880 that “all 10 were defaced or destroyed within an hour.” An Egyptian-American activist and journalist was arrested after publicly spray-painting one of the ads.

Similar ads adorned bus stops and buses in Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale, Fla in the fall. The group’s posters in D.C. called for readers to “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

The Department of Homeland Security advised Washington’s Transit Authority to hold off on posting the ads in October for security reasons. Geller immediately sued, claiming the delay violated her First Amendment rights. Though the judge in the case called the ads “hate speech,” she ordered the WMATA to display them. Metro riders retaliated with Post-it notes covering especially offensive words and calls for a boycott from one member of Congress.

Bolstered by her continued legal success, Geller railed against her opponents last month, telling New York City’s WCBS 880 that they simply wanted to quash her right to free speech. “I cannot imagine why anyone would be outraged by the truth, but this is the era that we’re living in,” she said. “Truth is the new hate speech, and just telling the truth is a radical act.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the latest batch of AFDI subway ads will run for a month – albeit with a disclaimer, taking up a third of the ad space, clarifying that the views expressed are NOT endorsed by the MTA.

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73 comments
NikhetChowder-berry
NikhetChowder-berry

I respect freedom of speech. If you have to say something go ahead. At least use the full quote, instead of a few words out of the whole quote. Such text taken out of context will only create more problems and tensions among Muslims and non-Muslim communities. 
If clicked on Al-Imran (the chapter in which this quote is expressed) and scrolled to like 3:151 you can read the whole quote and you'll be surprised at how out of context these posters are.
http://quran.com/ 
unless ofcourse you want to assume something without reading the direct source like average ingnorant prejudice people. READ FROM THE SOURCE NOT FROM BIASED ANTIISLAM PROPAGANDA
Free Speech under espionage act? has anyone ever remembered that? Why can't they use the ruling of Espionage Act to get rid of these posters? 

k. then. I wish everyone well. :) Hopefully, we all grow as people and learn to be honest and not misinform people for malicious purposes. And Goodnight. 

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

All religion is but a cancer upon the whole of humanity.


"That which can make you believe absurdities can also make you commit atrocities"

-Voltaire

12grace
12grace

Anti-Muslim? Why ? The sign uses the phrase "Savages" and concludes by saying "defeat Jihad". We are told that moderate Muslims are opposed to violence and as we all know the Jihad is as violent as it gets... so all reasonable people should applaud this message. No reasonable group of people would endorse "Savages" or "violence".


PS

This article does not address the issue of groups like Hamas have been using the subway system and buses to proselytize about Islam. Do we have freedom of speech or not? This group was never taken to court for their anti-Christian or anti-Jewish message.

Conservative Pamela Geller to Expand Anti-Jihad Campaign With New Bus Ads in NYC (See Exclusive Images!)

 http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/10/02/conservative-pamela-geller-to-expand-anti-jihad-campaign-with-new-bus-ads-in-nyc-see-exclusive-images/

e.cancel
e.cancel

This is why the U.S.A is a great nation unlike others, specially those in the middle east. Freedom of speech is a privilege which from 7 billion humans on this earth and only a fraction truly enjoys such so vividly. How about when there's the radicals Muslim in 42st or in the Bronx, Brooklyn or any other place screaming there lungs out hate towards America openly with no such media attention? That when you truly observe there fundamentals it is simply that of expanding and attempting to convert strictly to there beliefs no matter how. That those that don't like such liberty go to a country with sharia laws and live happily ever after. Simple as that. That when they can compare to what they live here in comparison to there, then they can see why such ads exist. When realistically comparing our structure of civilization even as bad as it may be to those in which for example where sharia rules, one can easily say we are much more civilized overall. The world is a book and unless you learn about all civilizations from antiquity to the present in detail you only know a few pages to maybe just one chapter of it.

PrabhudasPurohit
PrabhudasPurohit

The court's ruling is wrong. Because no right can be absolute. Every right carries some responsibilities and accountability. Any right which fails this test is not difedable. Authority have right to remove the advertisement.

MazinAl-Ghamdi
MazinAl-Ghamdi

I like to add for Mr.Teeveez who committed below that the example he mentioned from quran it is for a special stories for that period of time but the other general examples which shows how muslims shall treat positively the other religions are a lot... again I like to say do not take the actions of some little groups of muslims that it is the real islam ... it is a way different ... for me for example and a lot like me will hate to see any human from any religion is beeing harmed or beeing heart by any meaning, we all have families and people we love and we have to put ourself in the others positions

MazinAl-Ghamdi
MazinAl-Ghamdi

It is better not to have ads similar to that one because it may heart the feelings of muslims, we all in this planet need peace and living togither without any negative words or actions ... no body is perfect but the moderate people are the most common in both sides and shall both work it togither for our new generations to have a better life

babyboyisnowaman
babyboyisnowaman

I would tear it down  in the name of all that is good, decent, and civilized.

DionneDadrinelleFiggins
DionneDadrinelleFiggins

I guarantee you if a Muslim group wanted to run an anti-Christianity ad, they would be DENIED!

ax49
ax49

I do not see any problem in this add at all. It talks about Israel fighting against Jihad... It does not say Palestinians, or muslims or arabs or savages and most Israeli I know wouldn't say that either. But what it is saying is terrorist or savages and that is all true. For all the muslim brothers and sisters out there let me ask you this is the west really your biggest enemy? I mean who truly kills more muslims every year is it Israel or the United States or is it terrorist groups like Hamas and Al Qaeda? Israel must defend it self against Islamic Fundamentalist like Hamas who in their charter says on the day of their let the trees and rocks say O'Muhammed and O'Muslim there is a Jew hiding behind me. And to all the followers in Islam although I cannot read Arabic I have read translations of the Qu'ran which are quite troubling... this those not mean your religion is bad because in the end it depends on the individual and in the end Muslims are not different from anyone else. There are several lines in the Sura I find troubling like 5:51 that tells followers never to be allied with Jews and Christians because they are only allies to each other. Its lines like this and several other line that can be taken by extremist and used as fodder to kill Jews and Christians. And those terrorist, jihadist, Islamist are savages in every meaning of the word if they seek to destroy other people because of their beliefs. This is what Israel has been facing since its creation... if they were a state of Muslims would they be in eternal war now? So there is nothing wrong with this poster. Israel should be supported by the civilized world and the only people who should be offended are extremist and terrorist and I believe that is a very small percentage of the Muslim world

adil
adil

A walking stick is used for support by a person. If the same person hits another guy with the same stick , the stick is not at fault for its misuse. The verse " soon shall we cast terror in the hearts of the unbelievers" should be understood with reference to the context. No use in creating misunderstanding by such cheap ways. Ultimately Allah has said,"Their intentions is to extinguish the light of Allah, but Allah will perfect His light though the unbelievers may detest."

jkaravidas
jkaravidas

Freedom of speech applies to everyone whether you like their opinions or not. It simply cannot be denied because any religion feels offended by it. All religions Islam, Christianity, Jewish can be subject to criticism and some times this may come in the form of inflammatory messages. But in a civilized legal system it is the judge who decides what is within the rights of free speech, and not some Muslim mullah who interprets the Quran anyway he likes!

majidkhan_8
majidkhan_8

The poster is very offensive and against all Muslims. Not all Muslims are Terrorist but moderate and civilized Human-beings. Qouting reference from the Quran out of context shows the hate towards Islam. There are famous converts such as Cat Steven, and Mike Tyson, who accepted Islam. check more on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_converts_to_Islam. All Muslims condemn 9/11, Iraq with WMD (Not Found-Lie) and Afghanistan (Millions of innocent people killed), Palestine (Thousands killed by Israel machine guns and bombs from the sky) and Pakistan civilians WHY? The problem is not Muslims or any other faith, its racist, evil, devil, people who want to destroy peoples life's because they think they have a better one then the rest of us. Israel has killed and occupied lands. Lets put that on the Advertisement boards and show the World and quote from the Bible reference sleeping with daughters, sleeping naked etc. No you will not do that because your twoface. 

AdeelMalik
AdeelMalik

I had a feeling there will be Anti-Islam folks on this thread. Right ok one thing at a time -

1) Does the Qur'an say Kill the Jews/Christians? - I suggest you to watch this talk by a former Christian Preacher who became a Muslim and is not a Islamic Scholar - http://youtu.be/5MoRTfS75X8.
2) Does the Qur'an say Jews/Christians will be rewarded? - Now again another talk by an Islamic Scholar, who was himself a Christian and became a Buddhist before finally finding about Islam - http://youtu.be/ZiNTHms8pro and another talk by another Islamic Scholar - http://youtu.be/Jgr5UCd_r6A
3) Why many womens are dwellers of hell fire? - http://youtu.be/_7WAw3UO6Ao

Please before you start bashing a Religion, read the scriptures according to context. Muslims aren't perfect, Islam is. If Islam was as violent, women oppressing, backwards or satanic as some say, then please tell me why is it being accepted as a way of life by thousands in the world. People (especially women) are coming to Islam out of their own research, free-will and logical thinking and that too from countries like UK, USA and Australia.

May The Almighty guide us all on the True Path, the Path that He, The Most Merciful believes to be the path to His mercy.

Peace to all

MarcusTaylor
MarcusTaylor

Acting on God's instructions, the Jews "annihilated everyone who lived in" Makkedah. At Libnah, they again "left no survivors." At Lachish, "they put the sword to all who lived there, just as they had done to Libnah." At Eglon, "they annihilated it just as they had done to Lachish." At Hebron, "they annihilated it and all who lived there." Again at Debir, "they annihilated everyone who lived there; they left no survivors." "Joshua defeated the whole land, including the hill country, the Negev, the lowlands, the slopes, and all their kings. He left no survivors. He annihilated everything that breathed, just as the Lord God of Israel had commanded." (Joshua, Chapter 10.)

I WONDER HOW THIS WOULD LOOK ON THE SUBWAY?

artmaltman
artmaltman

The ads are NOT anti-Islam.  The reference to "savages" is clearly to terrorists and terrorism, not Islam.  Ironically, when you claim that the advertisements are "anti-Islam", it is YOU that are equating terror with Islam; not the author of the ad.  That said, I don't think the ads are helpful and I am disappointed to see them reappear.

Thinker.2
Thinker.2

Israel is civilized society? I wouldn't classify a society practicing apartheid and illegally occupying and permanently settling another peoples' land as civilized. 

ComradeRasputin
ComradeRasputin

Not supporting Israel and not condemning terror is Un-American.

TeeveezAl-Bundi
TeeveezAl-Bundi

Here is what the Quran says about Jews and Christians...from their own book;

Qur’an 9:29-Fight against Christians and Jews ”until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”

Qur’an 4:91- If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them
wherever you find them. Against such you are given clear warrant. 

Qur’an 9:7-9-Don’t make treaties with non-Muslims. They are all evildoers and should not be trusted.



Qur’an 9:12-14-Fight the disbelievers! Allah is on your side; he will give you victory.



. Qur’an 9:5 Kill the nonbelievers wherever you find them.



Qur’an 2:191-2-Kill disbelievers wherever you find them. If they attack you, then kill them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.



Qur’an (5:51) - ”O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the
Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever
amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them;
surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”



Qur’an (2:65-66) Christians and Jews must believe what Allah has
revealed to Muhammad or Allah will disfigure their faces or turn them
into apes, as he did the Sabbath-breakers.



Qur’an (4:48, 4:116)-Those who ascribe a partner to Allah (like
Christians do with Jesus and the Holy Spirit) will not be forgiven. They
have “invented a tremendous sin.”



Qur’an (4:51)-Jews and Christians believe in idols and false deities, yet they claim to be more rightly guided than Muslims.



Qur’an (5:51) Don’t take Jews or Christians for friends. If you do, then Allah will consider you to be one of them.



Qur’an (5:80) – “You will see many of them befriending those who
disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before
for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement
shall they abide.” Those Muslims who befriend unbelievers will abide in
hell.



Qur’an (3:85) - ”And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it
shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of
the losers.”



. Qur’an 9:6-Those who submit and convert to Islam will be treated
well. (Those who don’t submit will be killed. See previous verse.)



Qur’an 5:53 Jews and Christians are losers.



Qur’an 5:59 Jews and Christians are evil-livers.



Qur’an 5:63 Evil is the handiwork of the rabbis and priests.



Qur’an 5:72 Christians will be burned in the Fire.



Qur’an 5:73Christians are wrong about the Trinity. For that they will have a painful doom.



Qur’an 9:30Christians and Jews are perverse. Allah himself fights against them.



Qur’an 9:34 Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to the rich and greedy Christian monks and Jewish rabbis.



Qur’an 19:35-37“Woe unto the disbelievers from the meeting of an awful Day.”

Jesus was not the Son of God. Those who say he was (Christians) are going to hell.



Qur’an 28:62-64 Allah will taunt Christians on the day of their doom, saying: Where are My partners whom ye imagined?



Qur’an 40:73Allah will taunt the Christians in hell, saying: Where are all my parnters that you used to believe in?



Ishaq:364 “Muslims, take not Jews and Christians as friends. Whoever
protects them becomes one of them, they become diseased, and will earn a
similar fate.”



Qur’an 3:67 ”Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was a
true Muslim, surrendered to Allah (which is Islam), and he joined not
gods with Allah.”

Bto5
Bto5

Dear gringos. The shootuts last years don´t teached all of you somenting? The most dangerous savages lives in your homeland.

epep
epep

Wrong adds TIme! You didnt even bother to interview Geller but rather went with what Al Aribiya went with. 

 The adds in question are the ones posted next to the clock and that have QURANIC TEXT, with a REFERENCE  noting the JIHAD that ISLAMISTS are implementing across north america. WAKE up people, its NOT HATE CRIME WHEN YOU ARE SPEAKING THE TRUTH. One must never shy from the truth, but rather embrace it and learn from it. Only then can we be stronger. !!

scrubjay
scrubjay

The article refers to AFDI's "controversial take against the Islamic faith". The "take" is not AFDI's. It is the interpretation of the Qur'an by the Islamists themselves. The Islamists are the ones who are committing acts of violence in the name of Islam. It is the Islamists who cry "Allahu Akbar" as they are about to detonate their bombs or pull the trigger. AFDI is not doing any of these acts. AFDI is merely informing the public of what is written in the Qur'an and of the Islamists own statements.

TalkBackToHate.org
TalkBackToHate.org

Everyone has a right to feel at home in this city, and that includes our Muslim neighbors. That's why I'm pitching in to an IndieGogo campaign that will let New York talk back and reject this hateful incitement.

Chip in with me to raise the $7,500 we need to run our own response ads in the subway, and help choose the message that will appear on our poster. Add your name to the response ads: www.TalkBackToHate.org. You can read about it in ThinkProgress this morning: 

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/01/10/1425991/grassroots-campaign-counter-anti-muslim-ads/

Heian
Heian

Extremists are the plague of the world today. They tout their righteousness and bring only hate, and poison society wherever they touch. The true irony in this case is an extremist singling out another group because of their extremists.

Heian
Heian

Freedom of speech doesn't equate to freedom to advertise it. Nobody is under legal obligation to represent somebody else's opinions in their media. Purchasing advertising space is a customer-provider relationship - people can spew ignorant hate all they want, but nobody else needs to facilitate the transmission of it.

damnmacmail
damnmacmail

It is a shame that some make careers and profit off promoting hate. Fearmongering for profit always has a negative effect on society.  There is still hope against this,  as others are  busy doing good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxTAOEkzUCs