Shoulder-to-Shoulder Holds Interfaith Press Conference Respond to Subway Ads
On Monday, the American Freedom Defense Institute, an anti-Muslim organization, sponsored ads in several DC metropolitan subway stations that described the world as being divided into the “civilized man” and the “savage,” and called on people to “defeat jihad.” The same ads were previously posted in San Francisco and New York City.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) immediately responded through the interfaith campaign, Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values. At a press conference Monday morning in Washington, DC, ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid joined several other faith leaders to condemn the ads.
Together the faith leaders unveiled their own ad, which also went up in several DC metropolitan subway stations on Monday. This ad reads: “Hate speech is not civilized. Support peace in word and deed. #mysubwayad” It is sponsored by 24 organizations, almost all of which represent a variety of religious denominations. It was created and first posted by the United Methodist Women in New York City.
“As an American Muslim, I am grateful to have this community of faith leaders standing around me,” said Imam Magid at Monday’s press conference. ”We are dedicated to speaking out against hatred, wherever we may find it. If this ad were about the Jewish community, or the African American community, or any other community, you still would have found us all standing here.”
Shoulder-to-Shoulder is calling on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) not to profit from the anti-Muslim ads. To join this effort by signing a petition, please click here.