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Pam Geller just put up this post concerning a press conference that is scheduled to take place in San Francisco at 4 PM EST (1 PM SF time)
City leaders will hold a press conference to denounce Islamophobic and racist advertisements by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). Last August, San Franciscans were outraged over AFDI advertisements on MUNI that referred to Arabs and Muslims as “savages.” The new ads scheduled to run on MUNI buses today wrongly suggest that all Muslims are defined by extremism and violence. Board President David Chiu will introduce a resolution condemning the anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim advertisements at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.
The ads are a spoof of the “That’s My Jihad ads”. ADFI’s ads quote Islamic terrorists’ message on Jihad. It contains the picture of the terrorist with the direct quote, for example the ad linked at Pam’s site says:
“Jihad, holy fighting in Allah’s cause with full force of numbers and weaponry, is…an obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim.” Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad
That’s his Jihad. What’s yours?
The press release contained contact information so being a curious sort I gave them a call and spoke to Stephanie Ong Stillman, the Director of Communications. She was kind enough with a busy event before her to give me some of her time.
I asked about the press conference to find out if it would streamed (it will not be) and then I asked the why they were condemning the ads. Stephanie said the ads were racist and Islamophobic portraying all Muslims as Terrorists.
Fair enough, that’s their opinion, so I went a step further: I asked if the supervisors will be condemning the Words on the ads or the Bomber or said them? After all if the ads are offensive then the words on the ads must also be offensive not to mention the bomber who spoke them.
She answered: No. They would only be condemning the ads themselves.
This seemed odd to me, so I asked a 2nd time. “So there will be no condemnation of the words of the terrorist in question or the bombing?”
A second time she said No, they are only condemning the ads.
Being a fair minded man and considering with an important event coming up (no I don’t mean the WBC finals important though they are) she was kind enough to give me a few minutes I gave her another chance and asked one more time.
Nope. They are only going to condemn the ads.
At this time she excused herself and I quite understand, big press conference and a lot to do.
So let’s review.
1. Faisal Shahzad: Confessed to 10 counts on a federal indictment for an Attempted Car Bombing in Times Square >NOT CONDEMNED BY SF DA, Board President, Supervisors SFMTA or SF Human Rights Commission.
2. Faisal Shazad words:
“Jihad, holy fighting in Allah’s cause with full force of numbers and weaponry, is…an obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim.”
NOT CONDEMNED BY SF DA, Board President, Supervisors SFMTA or SF Human Rights Commission.
3. AFDI puts up an ad containing those words, attributing them to the man who tried to Bomb Times square. CONDEMNED BY DA, Board President, Supervisors SFMTA or SF Human Rights Commission.
So just remember guys, Say whatever violent and inflammatory thing you want, try to Bomb and Murder Americans and the leaders in San Fransisco won’t have a problem with you. But if you put your words on an ad in the subway That’s beyond the pale!
If you can explain that logic, you’re a smarter man than me.
Update: Since this post will precede the press conference it will be interesting to see if this changes
Update 2: The Virginia Gazette and SF gate report on the conference, no sign of condemning the words or the terrorists or pols who said them. Amazing