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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:27 AM

Pro-Muslim Subway Ads to Hang Near Anti-Jihad Ads

Source: New York Times

Pro-Muslim Subway Ads to Hang Near Anti-Jihad Ads

By ASHWAQ MASOODI



Rabbis for Human Rights – North America and the group Sojourners, led by the Christian author and social-justice advocate Jim Wallis, are unveiling their campaigns on Monday. Their ads will be placed near the anti-jihad ads in the same Manhattan subway stations, leaders of both groups said and transit officials confirmed. The groups said their campaigns were coincidental.

The ad by Rabbis for Human Rights turns the language of the earlier ad, placed by a pro-Israel group, on its head. The original ad says, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.” The ad by Rabbis for Human Rights says, “In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors.”

Rabbi Jacobs said: “Geller thinks she is speaking for the entire Jewish community. We are a group of 1,800 rabbis and we want everyone to know that we have to work in partnership with the Muslim community and do not believe in dehumanizing them.”

Sojourners’ campaigns manager, the Rev. Beau Underwood, said, “An essential tenet of Christianity is to love our neighbors.” He added: “In the face of religious extremism, the best response is to treat others like we would want to be treated. Our ad campaign has a simple message that is at the heart of our faith.”



Read more: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/04/pro-muslim-subway-ads-to-hang-near-anti-jihad-ads/?smid=tw-share

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Douglas Carpenter Oct 2012 OP
closeupready Oct 2012 #1
dipsydoodle Oct 2012 #2
no_hypocrisy Oct 2012 #3
JackRiddler Oct 2012 #9
Fantastic Anarchist Oct 2012 #4
LeftinOH Oct 2012 #5
VWolf Oct 2012 #6
Agnosticsherbet Oct 2012 #8
JackRiddler Oct 2012 #10
unc70 Oct 2012 #7
Ash_F Oct 2012 #11

Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:32 AM

1. K&R - can't argue with that message.

nt

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:36 AM

2. Excellent news

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:41 AM

3. This is the way the First Amendment (marketplace of ideas) is supposed to work.

No censorship, just a competition of ideas with dialogue.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 02:05 PM

9. Well, if you can afford the ad buy.

Excluding PSAs directly from New York City and State, 90% of ads on the subway are corporate commercials.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:59 AM

4. I love stories like this.

I may have faith in humanity afterall.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:00 AM

5. Public transportation systems have been targeted by terrorists...

Given that, why on earth would any kind of controversial message be permitted in the subway system? Some people just need to get to and from work via the subway (safely). Leave the potentially incendiary political material (like the original posters) out of the daily commute.

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Response to LeftinOH (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:07 AM

6. The city lost the case in court. They had no choice but to post them.

I love this response - warms my heart

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Response to LeftinOH (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:30 PM

8. Putting messages on the walls of a bus doesn't encourage attacks...

Attacks on public transit happen because some group targets people where they are. If the public transportation system is selling adsapce, then anyone should be able to advertise there.

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Response to LeftinOH (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 02:06 PM

10. You are talking about Pamela Gellar's wet dream.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:36 AM

7. United Methodist Women ads already next to hate ones

The action by The United Methodist Church was reported and discussed on DU earlier this week.

Important that more official statements are made by religious communities.

Here is another discussion of the United Methodist ad.

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/10/03/952921/methodist-group-counters-geller-anti-muslim-ads

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:56 PM

11. Good for them.

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