Refuse to profit from hateful ads.
  • Petitioned Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Refuse to profit from hateful ads.

    1. Petition by

      Christina Warner

      Washington, United States

 

American Muslims are important members of the Washington metro region through their service in government, as volunteers, as doctors, teachers and neighbors.  These men, women and children must not be put in a position where a simple trip to their place of work, their house of worship, or the grocery store would simultaneously be an experience of condemnation.

 

This week Pamela Geller, through the American Freedom Defense Initiative, placed 4 ads in the WMATA system which read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.  Support Israel. Defeat Jihad”.  By equating generalized “savages” with “jihad”, the ads wrongly paint all Muslims as savages and suggest that these generalized “savages” must be defeated.  At a time when American Muslims are increasingly targeted for hate crimes, we are deeply concerned that the broad public display of this message, which clearly demonizes Muslims and suggests violence against them, has a dangerous, cumulative impact on our region and on society at large.  

 

As residents of the Washington metro region, we urge you to continue your leadership in working to reject the message of these ads by refusing to profit from them. Instead, choose to donate all proceeds to an appropriate, local DC organization that supports the human rights of all area residents. By redirecting funds meant to espouse hate to this important effort, you will effectively counter the growth of discrimination in Washington, D.C.

 

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    • Rev. Lyn Oglesby WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      Acknowledging your legal position, please counterthe hatefulness of these ads with contributions to human rights organizations that encourage people to come together in peace and create dialogue among those who differ. In faith,

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    • David Schwartzman WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      We must oppose these racist ads.

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    • Molly Davis FAIRFIELD, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      Support equality among all people of the world, especially in respect our differing beliefs, but not in hate and disrespect.

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    • Kenneth Lemberg SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      Michael Conklin expressed it well - these ads simplistically send the wrong message, overgeneralize, and can be harmful to all

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    • Sadia Sheikh SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I am an American Muslim and against all forms of terrorism whether that is by Muslims or Israel or any other religion. 'Hate' ads, words, books can only fuel evil in this world NOT peace!

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