With funding from the American Freedom Defense Initiative (deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), Pamela Geller has posted a new billboard in the Hartsdale Metro-North train platform.
The billboard states:
Deadly Islamic Attacks since 9/11/01
________It's Not Islamophobia__________
( To read more about this new billboard: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/17/islamophobic-billboard-at-metronorth-station-pamela-geller-pro-palestinian-ad_n_1797651.html?utm_hp_ref=new-york )
Any form of hate speech, regardless if it is vilifying a person for his/her gender, race, sexual orientation or religion, has NO place in a public train platform, or anywhere else in the United States for that matter. This billboard does nothing but encourage hatred and incite violence, violence that has recently lead to innocent Muslims being killed: the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting and the Missouri Mosque burning are just two recent examples. The ad is also misleading: How many of these attacks have happened within America's borders?
We must stop such hate speech before it leads to more of these atrocities being committed.
I am in support of freedom of speech, but it should not be extended to propaganda or hate speech on a train platform that is funded by taxpayers. This sign is offensive not only to Muslim Americans, but also to non-Muslim Americans such as myself who are offended by such a message of hate found in a public space. As an American, it is my duty to actively fight against such forms of racism and hate speech in my community.
Please sign this petition if you are in support of removing this deplorable billboard from the Hartsdale Metro-North Platform.