The response of the United Methodist Women and a coalition of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian organizations to anti-Muslim ads in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. subway systems. The anti-Muslim ads were posted by Pamela Geller whose organization, Stop the Islamization of America, has been label a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Source: United Methodist Women News
October 16, 2012
United Methodist Women believes freedom of speech must include freedom from hate speech in the nation’s capitol. On Monday October 15, standing shoulder to shoulder with members from Jewish, Muslim and other Protestant faith communities, representatives of United Methodist Women made the next stop on a transit line protest to respond to anti-Islamic ads now appearing in metro stations in Washington, D.C.
Green and white signs denouncing hate speech began showing up in subway stations in New York City earlier this month and on Monday morning were being displayed in stations across the Washington, D.C., metro area. The signage counters an inflammatory and Islamophobic ad campaign put out by American Jewish blogger Pamela Geller and her organization. Her campaign attacks the Islamic community, stating that “in any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel and defeat Jihad.” Geller and her organization have been labeled a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
[For full statement, visit United Methodist Women Unveils D.C. Anti-Hate Ad.”]