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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:26 PM

Religious Leaders Join Forces to Combat Anti-Muslim Ads With a Loving Campaign



Dec 26, 2012 10:50 AM
Katie J.M. Baker

Given that it's still Christmastimeish, if you're planning on releasing an ad campaign targeting a massive group of people, you may want to ask yourself: What Would Jesus Do? (Feel free to picture Jesus in a Don Draper-esque suit.)

While we cannot be certain, he probably wouldn't join forces with the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which recently plastered public transportation in various cities with hateful posters calling Muslims savages. Just a guess based on his track record!

But what he would do is what Colorado Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders all did earlier this week: launch a "Love Thy Neighbor" campaign to combat the AFDI's offensive message. From the Denver Post:

"Our country is in the midst of a lot of divisions," Temple Emanuel Senior Rabbi Joe Black said. "Hatred is only going to further violence and the breakdown of society."


http://jezebel.com/5971222/religious-leaders-join-forces-to-combat-anti+muslim-ads-with-a-loving-campaign

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:42 PM

1. Are the ads anti-Muslim or anti-Islam? nt

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:52 PM

3. It's a response to anti-Islam posters put up in the NYC subway this fall.



The article lnks to that story.

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Response to rug (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:54 PM

4. Anti-Palestinian Arab, more like. nt

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:58 PM

5. Much broader. It promotes jihadwatch.com, among other sites.

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Response to rug (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 05:45 PM

6. It's being oversensitive.

The poster is anti-jihad, which by context must mean not contemplative navel-gazing but actively engaged in hostilities.

The claim is that the poster is anti-Muslim.

This works only if we assume that all Muslims are pro-jihad.

I consider that equivalence to be anti-Muslim, tarring them with a broad brush before dipping in feathers.

It's rather like condemning Crusaders and those who burn Qur'ans savages, only be to told that such a condemnation is inherently anti-Xian. Some Xians would think this. They'd be rebuked and identified as they idiots they are. No apology, esp. from those not involved in the name calling, would be forthcoming. And properly so. They were/are savages.

Can't do that with Muslims, it seems. Perhaps because deep down inside we actually *do* assume all Muslims are jihadis in waiting.

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Response to Igel (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:15 PM

10. I'm sure that's what Atlashrugs.com stands for too. Let's see, shall we?

It redirects here: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/ with a handylink to her bio http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/about.html where it turns out she's a birther a world nut daily columnist and ents space in JohnBolton's ass.

Turns out she's a hard core rightwinger and admirer of that famous atheist, Ayn Rand.

Perhaps because deep down inside we actually *do not* assume all Muslims are jihadis in waiting. It helps if poltical analysis is not clouded by theism or antitheism.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:49 PM

2. Excellent. Would like to see other groups, including secular groups, join in this campaign.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 07:34 PM

7. If you're asking yourself WWJD? perhaps a refresher look at the 23rd Chapter of Matthew is in order:

(verse 33)

"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?"

(some translations run ........You sons of snakes!)


That's just my favorite out of a whole chapter of vituperation against some of His fellow Jews.

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Response to dimbear (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:12 PM

9. You got it!

Jesus was not just a nice un-opinionated pale character. This text comes out of a Christian community 40 years after Jesus' death. It had been severely attacked by Jewish fundamentalists, and this text was remembered and reworded from Jesus to confound them.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:05 PM

8. Some time ago I posted simular statements from 15 of the world's religions.

The interfaith movement is growing rapidly. Our local seminary (United Methodist) now has developed an interfaith university which trains Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders. I have a number of friends who are active in the "Parliament of World Religions."
At the Christmas eve service at out Episcopal church, the Old Testament lesson was read by a prominent Rabbi--who is the Jewish scholar in residence at the Congregation. A dozen Muslim leaders were also invited to the service and were welcomed as brothers and sisters.

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Response to Thats my opinion (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:16 PM

11. Keep posting them. They need to be said and repeated.

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