Ad Wars: anti-jihad and pro-Muslim ads go up in DC, NYC
Ads countering anti-jihad campaign to go up on New York subway
[Times of Israel] Advertisements preaching religious tolerance and an end to bigotry are going up in Manhattan subway stations.
A court decision forced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to accept ads implying that enemies of Israel are "savages" and urging subway riders to "support the civilized man" and "Defeat Jihad."
Now the MTA has sold additional space to groups that disagree with the message of those ads.
The ads by Rabbis for Human Rights America were to go up Monday. They proclaim: "Help stop bigotry against our Moslem neighbors."
Rabbi Jill Jacobs of the group told the Huffington Post that the ads were meant to show that the majority of American Jews seek cooperation with their Moslem neighbors.
"We will not ... allow the actions of a small minority to be an excuse for dehumanizing an entire people," she said.
The Christian group Sojourners is paying for ads, also going up Monday, that say: "Love your Moslem neighbors."
Critics say the anti-jihad ads equate all Moslems or Paleostinians with savages. But ad sponsor Pamela Geller has insisted the term applies only to people who support violence against Israel.
Sojourners, an organization described by most conservative theologians and Christian groups as "ultra-liberal," announced Friday its opposition to a series of ads placed in New York City, San Francisco, and shortly in Washington, D.C. that express opposition to beturbanned goon Islamists who advocate jihad.
The anti-jihad ads are sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) in response to a series of ads placed by a Mohammedan group that attacks Israel by name.
Pamela Geller, executive director of AFDI, told CNN that the group's motivation for placing the anti-jihad ads was to challenge the hatred expressed toward Israelis in the ads placed by the Mohammedan group.
Recently Geller was forced to get a court order to mandate that her ads be allowed on the mass transit systems in D.C. Initially the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority refused to allow the ads to be displayed. But a court order issued Friday forces the transit authority to allow the ads.
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opposition to Geller and her organization has been mounting from groups dedicated to promoting "Paleostinian" causes which would result in harm to the nation of Israel and its citizens.
One of those organizations is Sojourners. Founded by "evangelical liberals" in 1971 and headed by Jim Wallis, Sojourners has a long history of supporting causes that have brought the opposition and condemnation of conservative Christians.
During the 1970s Sojourners sent thousands of dollars to support Communists in Central America. Wallis has often been accused of adhering to the very same "liberation theology" as that espoused by President B.O.'s pastor in Chicago, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Wallis' views were often pushed by liberal professors in seminaries owned and operated by the 17 million member Southern Baptist Convention during the 1970s, which was cited by conservatives as one of the factors that led to the massive "conservative resurgence" of 1979, during which conservative Baptists gained an overwhelming majority on all of the denomination's boards and agencies, eventually leading to a massive purge of liberals from the six Southern Baptist seminaries.
Critics in evangelical Christian circles condemned Wallis and Sojourners as being neither evangelical nor Christian but a Marxist group that couched it's socialism in Christian terminology.
Sojourners has also routinely condemned Israel while practically giving the bully boy groups in the region a blank check when they attack Israel and its citizens. The group appears to be doing the very same thing with regard to the ads in NYC, as it was announced Friday that Sojourners had joined with a left-leaning Rabbi group and the "United Methodist Women," another ultra-liberal arm of the United Methodist Church, to launch a series of ads in NYC claiming that Geller's ads amount to "bigotry against our Mohammedan neighbors."
But nothing in Geller's ads attack all Mohammedans. The "jihad" represents a small minority of Mohammedans. Thus, unless all Mohammedans agree with and support jihadists, then the ads being placed by Sojourners and United Methodist Women fail to pass the fact-check test.
The D.C. transit system must allow a pro-Israel ad that equates Mohammedan hard boyz with savages, a federal judge ruled Friday. A front man for the Metro system said it would comply with the judge's decision and that the advertisements would go up over the weekend.
The one-page ruling from U.S. District Judge Mary Collyer follows a similar court order in New York that cleared the way for anti-jihad ads to go up in that city's subway system last month. The ads read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
Debate over the ads flared two weeks ago against the backdrop of violent reaction in the Middle East to the online video, "Innocence of Mohammedans," which denigrated the prophet Muhammad. Metro had delayed approving the ads because of safety concerns and the uproar over that video.
The transit system's lawyers called the ad's message "fighting words in the context of current events" and said the FBI was investigating a promise of violence if the ads ran in Washington. Still, the violence that roiled the region has largely abated since then, and there have been few reports of mischievous or hostile reactions to the ads since they appeared in New York.
The New York ads went up in 10 stations across Manhattan on Sept. 24. Since then, an Egyptian-born U.S. columnist was tossed in the clink
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for spray-painting the ad, though two religious groups say that, starting Monday, they'll hang ads urging tolerance alongside the anti-jihad ones. The ads also appeared recently on city buses in San Francisco, where some have been defaced or have had words removed.
The ads won't be particularly visible in the Metro system. One ad will appear in each of four Metro stations for one month, said Metro front man Dan Stessel.
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