Ads Promoting Islam Coming to Subway Near You

Posted on July 28th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in This just in

Let the drama begin. Apparently this September, straphangers will see ads on the subway promoting Islam. (Oh nooo !!)

This is a sample of the ads expected to be run this September in the New York City Subway.

This is a sample of the ads expected to be run this September in the New York City Subway.

How can we protect our children from these ads that will surely turn them into terrorists instantly?

Unfortunately, that’s not an exaggeration if you ask many New Yorkers including some Congressmen.

“I have no problem with the ad itself, but I have a very, very real problem with those behind it,” Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, said Tuesday. He is urging the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reject the ads. [CNN]

What didn’t make it into the text version of the story, but did make it in the live interview with Rep. King was when he said that he was especially appalled by the ads running at a time when America will be “…mourning the 7th anniversary of 9/11.”

The opposition was quick to point out that the campaign starts on Sept 15th, and that Rep. King should get his facts straight.  More importantly though, it shows that Rep. King is in fact more concerned with the fact that the ads promote Islam and Muslim beliefs.  So he does have a problem with the ads themselves.

Personally, SUBWAYblogger says who the hell cares?  The ads themselves are very mild (pictured above).  I probably wouldn’t even notice them.  Even if they were a little inflammatory, what’s the big deal?  It’s an ad on the subway.  Let them have their free speech.  To get it down to redneck logic, censoring the ad is exactly what the terrorists want America to do.

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This should be an interesting topic of discussion.

Rep. King has sent a letter to the MTA demanding that the ads be kept from running.  That’s pretty rediculous.

Dear Rep. King,

Wake up and do something that really matters.  Here’s a few things if you’re out of ideas:

- Fight another fare hike
- Improve the quality and conditions of service in mass transportation
- Support alternative energy solutions
- Find and fight the corruption in the MTA/New York City Transit
- Improve subway security
- Improve subway technology

I know I know, those things require actual work and probably won’t get you on CNN tonight.  Sorry buddy.

The ads will run in 1,000 subway cars.  That’s a little more than 15% of the entire fleet.

The ad drives people to visit WhyIslam.org to learn more about the religion.  As you can see in the sample, there’s nothing crazy about them.  If they were for a Christian group, you’d never hear a word from Rep. King.  Ohh, and remember the Jews for Jesus campaign?  It drew some notice, but it didn’t get Congressional attention.

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