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Activist: Critics of 'Killing Jews' Ads Are Enforcing Sharia Law

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 09:30 PM

An advertising campaign that accuses jihadists of endorsing the murder of Jews is not about inciting hatred of Muslims — it's about warning people of the violent extremism that exists within Islam, says the activist who successfully sued to get the ads displayed on New York City buses.

"This is the gravest threat this nation faces, and we do these ads because the media … is clearly enforcing the Sharia," American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) co-founder Pamela Geller, whose group is sponsoring the ads, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV on Monday.

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Geller charged that even in their reporting on the ad controversy, media organizations are "Sharia-compliant" — meaning "they will not offend Islam" and "they will not criticize Islam," even though "there is a problem in Islam" because Sharia law deems any criticism of the religion to be blasphemy.

A judge ruled last week that New York's public transit authority must allow AFDI to purchase display space on city buses. The poster in dispute features a man in a Middle Eastern scarf, eyes blazing, next to the quotation: "Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah."

Geller said the words are an "actual quote" and denied that she is propagating hateful speech by reproducing them on the side of a bus.

"The fact is, the jihad against Israel is a religion imperative," she said of Islam. "It has nothing to do with land. It has everything to do with the Islamic anti-Semitism that's in the Quran, and the fact is most people don't know that.

"These ads expose that, and it's much needed because it's not just Israel that's in the crosshairs but the whole free world," said Geller.

"If speech that offends a group is outlawed, that group has absolute power and a free society is destroyed," she said. "A group that cannot be criticized cannot be opposed."

Geller said she is not acting out of hatred.

"I love Muslims," she said. "I help Muslim girls get to safe houses that don't want to wear the hijab, that want to live a free life. That part of my work is never discussed.

"I love humanity and I believe in equal rights for all under the law. That's my platform: individual rights, freedom of speech, and freedom of conscience, and that's where this work comes from."

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An advertising campaign that accuses jihadists of endorsing the murder of Jews is not about inciting hatred of Muslims — it's about warning people of the violent extremism that exists within Islam, says the activist who successfully sued to get the ads displayed on New York City buses.
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