The Common Good

Countering anti-Islam agendas

Source: Arab News
Date: October 10, 2012

It is important to note that human rights and civil rights organizations in the United States had objected to this latest anti-Islam ad campaign. But more importantly, perhaps, is the fact that two religious groups-one Jewish, one Christian-are buying subway ads urging tolerance and love instead of hate. Rabbis for Human Rights in North America is placing its own ads in New York's subway stations stating "In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors."

The second group, Sojourners, led by the Christian author and social-justice advocate Jim Wallis, unveiled its own campaign, which simply states: "Love your Muslim neighbors." They were joined by United Methodist Women which placed ads in 10 Manhattan subway stations declaring: "Hate speech is not civilized. Support peace in word and deed."

In response to their pro-Muslims campaign, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights, told the New York Times that "we want everyone to know that we have to work in partnership with the Muslim community and do not believe in dehumanizing them.