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Protesters denounce Metro North ads as Islamophobic, call on MTA to rethink campaign

8 September 2012 General 5 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
Photo credit: Angela Gaul | Frank Brodhead of Hastings and French Conway of Dobbs Ferry hold up signs calling for an end to Islamophobia during a rally and press conference in downtown White Plains. (Sept. 6, 2012)

Photo credit: Angela Gaul | Frank Brodhead of Hastings and French Conway of Dobbs Ferry hold up signs calling for an end to Islamophobia during a rally and press conference in downtown White Plains. (Sept. 6, 2012)

lohud.com, Journal News

WHITE PLAINS — As supporters held up signs protesting Islamophobia, a coalition of community leaders and residents gathered downtown Thursday to denounce anti-Muslim advertisements posted at Metro-North stations throughout Westchester County.

The coalition revealed its plan to counter the anti-Islamic campaign, calling on Metro-North to distance itself from the advertisement and donate revenue earned from its publication to an organization that combats extremism.

Paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative — a group led by Pamela Geller — the ads associate the religion of Islam with 19,250 terrorist attacks carried out by extremists since Sept 11, 2001. Printed in large block lettering on a dark background, an asterisk denotes that number is rising, and a slogan below reads: “It’s not Islamophobia, it’s Islamorealism.”

“The bigotry and hate this ad directs at Muslims and Islam is totally unacceptable in Westchester or anywhere else,” said Priscilla Read, a community activist who helped organize the event. “Our purpose is to raise awareness about what this ad represents, and mobilize action in support of our Muslim neighbors.”

Geller told The Journal News the advertisments highlight the reality and magnitude of Islamic jihad and the mainstream media’s cover-up of it.

Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to publicly denounce the signs, suggesting a disclaimer be placed on Metro-North platforms saying the agency does not support the advertisement.

Marjorie Anders, a spokeswoman for Metro-North Railroad, said it does not endorse the viewpoint expressed in the ad but refrains from banning advertising based on its message. Anders added that the railroad relies on advertising to generate revenue. MTA chairman and CEO, Joseph Lhota, has indicated the agency will discuss its policies on political ads later this month.

“When I first saw the word Islamorealism, I thought, ‘Hey, maybe these people actually met some Muslims,’” said Rev. Gawain de Leeuw of St. Bartholomew’s Church in White Plains. “But I know these people. I know they are opportunists who seek to prey on the fears and worries of hard-working Americans. But what they don’t know is that this will not work. Toleration is a part of our American DNA from the very beginning.”

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  1. “the ads associate the religion of Islam with 19,250 terrorist attacks carried out by extremists since Sept 11, 2001.”

    well it’s been 11 years since 9/11. that’s 4,014 days. just under 5 attacks a day. certainly plausible, if they are counting every incident in iraq and afghanistan.

  2. They’re protesting against free speech. Where were these bleeding-heart leftists when a group with ties to terrorists put ads on MTA trains? Oh that’s right. Liberals support radical Islam.

  3. Here is a story about 4 people who believed enough in wanting to help and work with Muslims within an Islamic Nation that they were killed for it. The ambassador even taught English to Arabs and was a peace corp. volunteer. http://news.yahoo.com/u-ambassador-libya-three-staff-killed-rocket-attack-091505030.html

    The blood lust of Middle Eastern Muslims is unfathomable. We helped them gain their independence in Libya. I think on this very site I wrote that we should send no aide to Libya as helping them would gain us nothing and they would resent us regardless. Now it has cost us the life of our Ambassador, who by all accounts was a good man, and 3 other people, who for some odd reason, the papers do not name. We need to switch this country to using Natural Gas in most of its vehicles and let these middle eastern countries rot in their own swill.

  4. t boone pickens,

    they may not have notified next of kin yet. or may have not identified the victims. hit with and rpg, could be messy. one would hope they where in an armored up vehicle. but then again, like you say, who thought we would be in danger in lbyia after helping them. they maybe be lbyians.

  5. One is always in danger in such unstable places, Stevens probably knew that.

    “The muslims” are a tribal entity that wants to wipe out anything not of the tribe. Not unusual in tribal entities to have no brotherhood or empathy with anyone else.

    Muslims are not some weird manifestation of space alien. Just your standard unpleasant deluded supremacist human tribal entity. Nothing new.

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