Coming soon in New York City are anti-Islamist ads on over one hundred buses and two train stations. Mayor Bill de Blasio has come out against the new ads calling them, “… outrageous, inflammatory and wrong.” And said, “[they] have no place in New York City, or anywhere.”
Mayor de Blasio said that the ads divide the city while we all should be coming together. The new ads are trying to single out extremists.
The ads use the hashtag #StopJihad and promote the website AFDI.us. It’s the American Freedom of Defense Initiative. Some ads depict journalist James Foley just before he was beheaded. They also use the catchphrase, “It’s not Islamophobia, it’s Islamorealism.” Very controversial to say the least.
Also, it says Jew-hatred is in the Quran and calls for the US to end all aid to Islamist countries to “stop the hate”.
Conservative blogger Pamela Geller is paying for these ads, worth about $100,000. She called it an “education campaign” to highlight the real dangers of the Jihad and extremists in the Middle East. Geller has been deemed to be anti-Islam, but she said she is not. It is most fitting in New York City because here, we are the number one target in the world. For goodness sakes, President Obama even said that his number one worry was New York City getting bombed! And with Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton now in office, I do not feel safer at all. Ray Kelly was an amazing commissioner and did an excellent job protecting New York not just from crime, but from terrorism. An outstanding 47% of New Yorkers feel less safe than they did before 9/11. That’s not good, especially with New York on high alert for terrorism practically year round.
Court rulings force the MTA to run the ads because of the First Amendment. But one add recently was rejected saying it was provoking violence. Geller said she will sue to have the ad run.