The San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency is embroiled in controversy after a series of anti-Islamic advertisements were featured on 10 of its buses Monday.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is sponsoring the ads, which feature photographs of Osama bin Laden, the Times Square car bomber, and others, according to The San Francisco Chronicle
. The images are accompanied by quotes linking violence to Islam and labeling opponents of Israel as “savages.”
According to The Chronicle, the AFDI has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The advertisements were quickly condemned by a vast assortment of San Francisco city leaders, who labeled the campaign as racist and “Islamophobic.”
The transport agency, which ran the ads because of a First Amendment court decision, plans to donate the $5,000 in revenue it received for them to the Human Rights Commission to fund a study of discrimination against Arab and Islamic communities in the city.
It also plans to run a competing “Peace” ad campaign inside an additional 100 buses to promote a message of respect and love rather than discrimination.
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