Anti-jihad ads make their way to D.C. subways
"Defeat Jihad" ads like the one shown here in New York will now be displayed in Washington.
October 8th, 2012
01:47 PM ET

Anti-jihad ads make their way to D.C. subways

An anti-jihad ad that has caused a stir in other cities now has another destination for its message: the subways of Washington.

The ad by the American Freedom Defense Initiative states, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

Jihad - Arabic for "struggle" - is considered a religious duty for Muslims, although there are both benign and militant interpretations of what it means.

Last month, the American Freedom Defense Initiative posted the ads in the subways of New York and San Francisco.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations posted a response ad that reads, “Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors.” Another one reads, “Support peace in word and deed.”

And the council is ready to try to counter the new ads in the nation's capital.

The ads were initially blocked, but on Friday, U.S. District Judge Mary Collyer ruled that the D.C. transit system must allow the advertisements because of free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

"We don't think it's controversial," said Pamela Geller, the executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. "It's truth. Telling the truth now is equated with 'hate' and 'bigotry' in an attempt to silence and demonize the truth-tellers. That makes my ads all the more important.”

According to Geller, the American Freedom Defense Initiative ads have two missions: “to affirm the truth about the barbaric jihad against free people” and to affirm free speech.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is working with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace, knows it can’t get the ads removed. Instead, the groups want the D.C. transit officials to help reduce the negative impact of the posters.

“With respect to your response in this matter, it is not our desire that (the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) disallow advertisements that contain any political speech,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement. “I do believe there are measures WMATA can take to mitigate the affect hate speech has on the community.”

These measures include working with organizations representing affected Muslim and Arab communities, placing disclaimers to show that the transit authority does not support the views of the ads, and providing free space for advertisements focused on promoting, understanding and tolerance, the Islamic group says.

More than likely, the free ad space will be used for the Council on American-Islamic Relations' ads against the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s message.

“The counter-ads are fine from a free speech standpoint,” Geller said. “But where were these groups countering ‘hate’ when the Fogel family was murdered in Israel? Or when the Chabad house was targeted for a bloody jihad attack in Mumbai? Or when Christians are persecuted on an increasingly frequent and violent basis in Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia and elsewhere?”

Just like the Washington transit authority, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority had to display the American Freedom Defense Initiative ads because of a court ruling, despite refusing to allow the ads a year ago.

Although the ads cannot be removed, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muneer Awad, hopes the MTA will also help reduce the effect of the ads in the city.

"We're trying to make sure MTA has policies to discourage hate speech," Awad said. “These hate ads are part of a larger problem.”

The MTA is considering amending its advertising policies to prohibit all noncommercial advertisements, spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

“If they countenance the outlawing of my ads, they should be careful: One day, they may wish to say something that offends the political or media elites, and they'll wish they had stuck up for my freedom of speech,” Geller said.

soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Joseph

    Hmm, I don't like this kind of political ads. Under what context is this uncivilized or not? who make the rules on this?

    October 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. cecelia tidd (CC35)

    True Christians are loving, kind, and peaceable. Jesus stated at Matthew 5:43: "You heard that it was said: 'You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' However, I say to you: continue to love your enemies and to pray for those persecuting you."

    October 9, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinker23

      I'm sorry to disappoint you. Those who loved the enemies eager to kill them were killed and are dead. Only those who fought back defending themselves, their families and their countries are still alive.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. MuckFohammad

    Islamorealism is a good thing.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Hide Behind

    Oft I wonder where be these gods men talk about, where be the places they hide. And oft I wonder at the words of self proclaimed self made man. and the words they speak in worshipfull vocie of their own creator.

    October 9, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jesse Pinkman

    Muslims are barbarians. Mohammed was a pedophile. Islam is bad for planet earth. Islam is evil.

    October 9, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. From india

    Bigger than Jewish Holocaust in human history is done by Muslims against Poor Hindus, which wolrd never talks about because Hindus are not assertive enough and even then they welcomed Barbaric mad muhemmedi islam into India. I support this initiative against Savge cult of islam. Death to ISLAM is must for survival of Human being. Islam is not religion its curse and worst than cancer and AIDS altogether.

    October 9, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chocolate cupcakes

      Hear hear!

      October 9, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • FromPakistan

      Boo Hoooo,

      October 9, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Pinkman

      Pakistani people are garbage and they smell like camel dung. Pakistani people are filthy barbarians. Muslims are trash.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Citizen

      You are over-generalizing. Most Muslims around the world don't want to destroy Hindus of India. Live and let live.

      October 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Last American

    The End Is Near .

    October 9, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Chocolate cupcakes

    Lovin it. Salamis can suck on it.

    October 9, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. giles12345

    The poster says its anti jihad (HOLY WAR) if anyone is attacking the poster for this reason they can go to hell.

    October 9, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jim

    I can imagine how much the Jews would whine if someone posted an anti-Israel statement

    October 9, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinker23

      There is no need to imagine, Jim... Go to any Palestinian, pro-Iranian, KKK web site and you'll find a lot of anti-Israeli statements. You will, however, not find Jewish whining.

      October 9, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • doughnuts

      CAIR and the Muslim Student Association already purchased anti-Isreal ads on New York Transit busses and subways. There were no protests or lawsuits.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jesse Pinkman

    Muslims are worst than roaches...

    October 9, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Noshariaever

    Victims of jihad are not only a Jewish thing. It is also the Buddhist being persecuted, the Christians in the Middle East, the Christians in India, Pakistan, the Jewish (one example, remember the youth killed this spring in Bulgaria). So Non-Muslims will eventually have to stick together. The violence caused by Muslims is escalating. Who can deny it? Open your eyes. This ad is meant to alert a lot of people, not only the Jewish people. The West must remain free and free of caliphate=one Muslim leader controlling the world, the dream of many many Muslims.

    October 9, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Citizen

      Only Shi'ite Muslims believe there is still a caliphate. Sunni Muslims (the majority) believe the caliphate ended with Ali in the 600s CE.

      October 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Goose Gander

    One man's jihadist is another man's preemptive war monger.

    October 9, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Goose Gander

    One man's terrorist is another mans freedom fighter.
    Also, one man's muslim Defender is another man's christian Invader.

    October 9, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • BOMBO ©

      Well, that "other man" is WRONG. Just because you parrot some old slogan a bunch of times doesn't make it true. A freedom fighter does not target innocent civilians, then hide behind other innocent civilians when the army or police come after him. There is no freedom to be gained by that.

      October 9, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Goose Gander

    For example, there were nearly 300,000 christians living in Iraq before the christians invaded.
    One man's christian isn't another man's christian. (He's a foreigner who needs killed and sent to burn in hell forever)

    October 9, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • doughnuts

      Saddam kept them from getting killed by the Sunnis and Shi'ites. Now that he's gone, they have free rein to kill each other and any Christians they happen to come across.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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