“United Methodist Women Unveils D.C. Anti-Hate Ad”

The response of the United MethodistThe Methodist church is a Protestant communion of churches which began in England with John Wesley (1703-91) and has become a worldwide movement. In the U.S., the United Methodist Church—one of the largest Protestant denominations—is known for its str... 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

Jeneane Jones 

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 ProtestantProtestant is a term used for the range of reform movements that broke with the Roman Catholic Church during the period called the Reformation. There are many branches of Protestantism, including the Lutherans, Anabaptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists... 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 IsraelLiterally “Wrestler with God”, Israel is the name given to the Jewish patriarch Jacob and came to refer to the entire nation, bound in an eternal covenant to God. Historically, Jews have continued to regard themselves as the continuation of the ancien... and defeat JihadJihad means literally “struggle or exertion” in the way of God. The “greater jihad” involves struggling against evil within oneself, while the “lesser jihad” involves working against injustice or oppression in society, sometimes even using arm....” Geller and her organization have been labeled a hate group by the Anti-Defamation LeagueThe Anti-Defamation League is a Jewish organization founded in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Its mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, to secure justice and fa... and the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

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