Freedom of speech is taking another racist turn in the public transport system.
According to Policy Mic’s Leila Alawa, yet another anti-Islam ad hit the streets on Wednesday, this time in Washington, D.C.
— Christophe Ramont (@c_ramont) May 14, 2014
The poster advertises a website called Islamic Jew Hatred, which directs to Pamela Gellar’s blog Atlas Shrugs. Gellar is the co-founder of the group “Stop Islamization of America,” an anti-Islam group that aims to educate Americans on the religion’s “domination and expansionism.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization famous for defending victims of hate crimes, labeled Gellar’s organization a hate group. Gellar tried to fight the label by petitioning to have the phrase trademarked. Her attempts were denied at the U.S. Court of Appeals Tuesday. That hasn't stopped her from buying more ad space.
She is also the executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which, in 2012, came out with a similarly offensive ad that showed the World Trade Center bursting into flames that ran in several New York subway stations and train platforms. Previously, the group ran another series of ads in New York City equating Muslims to savages.
The ad stated, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
The ADFI actually crowdfunded for the D.C. campaign using IndieGogo, but only managed to raise $3,534 of the $20,000 goal. It managed to get the ads, well at least one ad, up anyway. According to the IndieGogo page, this campaign's main goal was to attack American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and its director, Dr. Hatem Bazian, a professor at Berkeley College, in particular.
A picture posted on the IndieGogo page shows a bus ad allegedly paid for by the AMP urging people to stop the U.S. from “aiding Israel’s occupation.” In the AFDI ad, the focus is U.S aid and it claims that two-thirds of it goes to Islamic countries and urges the U.S. government to stop.
In addition to the new website, Gellar also runs AtlasShrugs.com, JihadWatch.org and TruthAboutQuran.com.