Controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad to appear in NYC subways
Starting Monday, some subway riders might see the ad that critics say is offensive but a judge ruled is protected speech.
September 20th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad to appear in NYC subways

From Erinn Cawthon, CNN

New York (CNN) - A controversial advertisement that critics say is hateful toward Muslims will appear in New York City subway stations starting next week, despite the city's attempts to halt the campaign.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority initially rejected the ad, which reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

The authority's decision was overturned last month when a federal judge ruled that the ad is protected speech under the First Amendment.

Jihad - Arabic for "struggle" - is considered a religious duty for Muslims, although there are peaceful and violent interpretations of what it means.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, which produced the ad, has been fighting to place the message in New York's subway system since last year after the authority refused to display it.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam

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  1. aysha85

    Jihad: A Misunderstood Concept

    September 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  2. beyondthetech

    The controversy could simply be thwarted by changing the billboard to say, "SUPPORT ISRAEL. SUPPORT ISLAM. DEFEAT JIHAD." Jihad is a Islamic word, but is not a Muslim way. There are tens of thousands of peaceful people of Islam that share the streets of Israel with Christian and Jewish people alike. They all pray their own way, yet sell goods and services to each other and, for the most part, make Jerusalem and nearby locations a vibrant tourist attraction.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
  3. Jeff Kuryk

    "Jumpin' Jihad Jed" To learn more about religious indoctrination check out the YouTube videos,"What is the Meaning of Life 101?” and "Bikinis and Burqas: Narrowing the Gap"

    September 23, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  4. JustThoughtIdTryTheNinjaTrollThing

    U R A L L F A G S

    September 23, 2012 at 8:53 am |
  5. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    What a Truth in Advertising ad should say about Islam:

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud (e.g. Syria and also Iraq) and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    September 23, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  6. doabitofhomework

    Here's an "idea" that COULD unite people, but won't.

    It's old. Older than religions are, in fact. But that doesn't mean people will want it. Not when their religions give them the carrots they crave, like being pre-saved, or killing, raping, torturing and stealing for their chosen sky-fairy. Religions are the greatest supporters of hate, slaughter and mayhem ever invented. And people LOVE IT.

    The real problem, then, is PEOPLE. They don't want unity with the rest of mankind unless THEIR faith is the overlord. Can't change that. People can say they want unity till they're blue, but they don't mean any of it unless they come out on top.

    But here it is, anyway.

    LONG before there were ANY religions at ALL, there was spirituality. A very different thing. Spirituality didn't proselytize, didn't use its own mummery to judge others, didn't seek money for political power, didn't declare holy wars, etc.

    The spirituality of most of humanity was largely the same, even though they didn't "spread it" to others. It evolved in many places on its own, and was still substantially the same anyway. People who lived 15-20,000 years ago in the Ice Ages had only one mode of travel: on foot. Any information spread among people was done that way, and couldn't be used to proselytize.

    It isn't odd that they all reached the same conclusion, though. They lived as hunter-gatherers and had to be intimately familiar with the area they lived in, and to know its resources very well. They could SEE how life is. It all comes from the Earth. Plants grow directly on the Earth. The plant eaters can only survive while there are plants to eat. The carnivores could only survive while there were plant eaters to eat. Ultimately, it ALL came from the Earth. Which is as true today as it ever was.

    To them, that meant that the Earth was the deity, the Creator of All Life, and the Mother of All. Again, even today, that is still true, except the part about being a deity. But does it matter? The Earth still IS the Mother of all that lives. Who needs it to be a deity? Since it gives everything we are, everything we HAVE, it might as well be one, and it deserves our respect and reverence for those gifts alone. People thank their favorite sky-fairy for their bread, and none is offered to the Earth, which provided it. The Earth even provides the air we breathe. Without green plants, there'd be no oxygen and we'd all suffocate.

    But what do we have instead? A deity who hated the Mother and all women, and who was MALE, not female, and manifested ALL of the worst of male attributes, like jealousy, sadism, pettiness, judgmentalism and towering ego. That deity "gave" the whole planet to humans, to do with as they wished. It was a direct slap on the Mother. And we've USED that "permission" too, haven't we? Oh, we sure have. And with what result? NOT good.

    There is no reason not to return to that ancient spirituality. Nobody NEEDS a god, you know. That need is a sign of human weakness – fear and ego. Do we HAVE to have a belief system that makes us more important than we really are? That makes us feel superior to lots of other people? That promises to punish the people we despise (never really US, mind you – religions always give us a way out of that for ourselves)?

    We think we need those things. We surely DO want them. But they are destructive, not just to others whom we don't like, but to ourselves, too.

    In the Mother spirituality, there was only one basic rule: Do No Harm.

    Does anyone need more than that? If they think they do, maybe they'd better look deeply into their own selfish motives.

    September 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Reality

      Reads like a form of earthly paganism.

      September 23, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • kmtpromotions

      II don't know where you dug up your history of earliest spirituality.

      The earliest historical "spirituality" moved one brother (Cain) to kill his own brother (Able).

      September 23, 2012 at 2:04 am |
  7. Big Man

    Jews showing their true colors: arrogant, racist, provocateur warmongers. The world is now awakening to their games and abhorrent behavior. Enough said.

    September 22, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • One nation under god

      It's not because your jewish girlfriend laughed at your wet noodle that all jews are arrogant, racist, and provocateurs. Her jihad to get rid of you is completely understandable when you consider how pathetic you must be to call yourself Big Man. You're obviously overcompensating for something really, really small!

      September 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  8. hippypoet

    Religion has served a purpose and we should all be thankful to it,seriously. But lies it always was and still is and so the world is finally awakening. Science is still in its infancy. If we had the ability to understand the natural world as we do now before now the world would be a different place. Well, maybe the world would be nothing more then what the future is for us now. Asides from having answers provided by modern science now is little different from our past where notions of truth ruled! Interesting thought to ponder. Without religion however, many will find a lack of connection with complete strangers...i mean besides being a fellow human of course. The thought arises now what unifying idea can bring together a race, then the species? Or will we forever maintain the path of selfdestruction but now just be honest about the reasons? – Land. Money. Power. – This "idea" will be the power struggle of the 2100's. Mark my words. Without a unifying idea or force i fear the worst for a selfdestructive species now without reasons to be good for we now "know" heaven is just another "idea".

    world peace – how about that as an "idea"... can you get behind the belief in the human species and our ability to achieve such an actionless goal?

    September 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
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