Starting Sept. 29, about 100 of the New York City’s public buses and two subway stations will run ads with anti-Muslim slogans like "It's not Islamophobia, it's Islamorealism" and "Islamic Jew-hatred: It's in the Quran."
Controversial blogger and activist Pamela Geller, known for her hate speech and advocacy group the American Freedom Defense Initiative, reportedly paid $100,000 to place these advertisements.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials rejected at least one poster has so far because they feared it had the potential to “imminently incite or provoke violence.”
This is not Geller's first such campaign and definitely won't be the first time her hate will be opposed and fail.
Attempts like these ignite hatred and intolerance.
Anti-Muslim hate crimes have gone up 143 percent since last year in New York. Acts like these will only give them further ammunition.
"No religion or faith should ever be subject to attack ads, and I'm appalled by this latest attempt to divide our city," said Melissa Mark-Viverito, the speaker of the City Council, at a rally outside City Hall organized by the Arab American Association of New York.
“How dare these ads suggest and equate the American Muslim community with ISIS?” said Rabbi Marc Schneier, also present at the venue.
Geller, however, feels differently. She says the campaign tells truths about Islam and Jihad that the U.S. government and mainstream media ignore.
Hopefully, MTA’s cautious approach, adopted since Pamela Geller’s similar 2012 campaign, will stop the ads from appearing on subways and buses across New York.
If anything, in present time, all efforts must be made to promote religious and social harmony as well as tolerance among people – not the opposite.