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Hate Speech or Free Speech? Metro Ad Sparks Counter-Ad

The "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." ad, paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and placed last week in the Glenmont Metro station, has provoked a strong response.

"Hate speech is not civilized. Support peace in word and deed. #mysubwayad."

This ad in the Glenmont Metro station is sponsored by an interfaith coalition of 24 organizations. It is also a direct response to an ad nearby that reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

The "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad" ad is paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, whose executive director is blogger and political activist Pamela Geller, and has been in place since Oct. 8. Similar ads have been posted in the U Street, Georgia Avenue and Takoma Metro stations.

Patch reported last week that someone had placed "hate speech" stickers over the advertisement in the Glenmont Metro station.

There was no sign yet on Wednesday afternoon of the ad space bought by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in response to the Pamela Geller ads. The design for the 16-foot banners going up in the Glenmont, Georgia Avenue and U Street Metro stations this week features a girl in a hijab accompanied by a verse from the Quran that says, "Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant."

 

Should these ads be protected as free speech or labeled as hate speech? What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

AntonFisher October 18, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I love this new ad. This is the type of advertisement that should be allowed in public spaces. I commend the Interfaith Coalition on their work to create harmony between people rather than send poisonous and underhanded messages like those previously posted in the metro station by those who call themselves the American Freedom Defense Initiative..
jnrentz1 October 19, 2012 at 07:19 PM
"In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." The above is not Hate Speech.
czarz October 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM
trying to obliterate speech you don't like with "hate speech" stickers is hate speech. Idiots.
B Allen October 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM
AFDI is right on in their advertisement Unlike those in the democrat party who are anti-Israel, pro-muslim, the people of America (those who know what jihad REALLY means (among Muslims: A war or struggle against unbelievers). Seems to me that the CAIR people want non other than a takeover in the USA and their shariah law...HAHAHA. NOT ON MY WATCH. The CAIR founders were investigated and were found to be funding jihadists that waged war against westerners or those who were not muslim. I WILL NEVER become a muslim, so if you want to bring it on... I am glad to see people like Pam Geller taking out advertisements and speaking out against those who are waging war against non-muslims...I would like to see more of it. The only reason you people see it as hate speech is because you cannot handle the truth.
Richard Rice October 20, 2012 at 02:54 PM
B. Allen, I totally agree. I do not and never will support terrorism or raceism in any form or style. Let's keep America moving in the right direction!!!
jnrentz1 October 20, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Neither ad is Hate Speech. If one is offended by what is called Hate Speech, the remedy is Free Speech.
jnrentz1 October 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Has the Council on American-Islamic Relations, acknowledged the right of Israel to exist as an independent, peaceful and free nation State? Has the Council on American-Islamic Relations acknowledged the right of Israel to be a safe homeland for the Jews?
jnrentz1 October 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM
"The only reason you people see it as hate speech is because you cannot handle the truth." Well said.
ellen samm October 21, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Allen.... So there is Sharia law afoot in America... ARE YOU A NIT WIT LIKE THE REPULICLAN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR PRES... OR WHAT...THAT CLOWN SAYS ONE THING AT 8AM ANOTHER AT 12PM AND AT 5PM HE SAYS ANOTHER...AND ALL THIS HAPPENS IN THE SAME DAY... DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A SANE INDIVIDUAL TO YOU...........
jnrentz1 November 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
ellen samm: A response regarding the "nit wit" on his changing positions "“The fact that we're here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means 'The buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.” Barack Hussein Obama
jnrentz1 November 06, 2012 at 12:32 AM
ellen samm: A second response regarding the "nit wit" on his changing positions: "With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed...we've got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch's job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws." "There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President." Barack Hussein Obama

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