Faith groups launch campaign to counter controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad
Jewish and Christian groups are running a campaign to rebut "Defeat Jihad" ads like the one shown here.
October 6th, 2012
10:57 AM ET

Faith groups launch campaign to counter controversial 'Defeat Jihad' ad

By Kristina Sgueglia, CNN

New York (CNN) - Jewish and Christian groups have unveiled three separate ad campaigns to counter what they claim is hateful speech toward Muslims contained within an advertisement posted at some New York City subway stations.

The new ads tout religious tolerance and offer support to the Muslim community.

"Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors," reads one. "Support peace in word and deed," reads another.

The campaigns are in response to a controversial "Defeat Jihad" ad that is displayed in 10 of the city's more than 400 subway stations. It reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority initially rejected the ad, which was produced by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. But the authority's decision was overturned when a federal judge ruled that the ad is protected speech under the First Amendment.

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  1. Apul M'Deek-Aoud

    End JiHad! Nuke Israel.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  2. 200 TON HAMMER

    Messianic Kingdom Gonna Crush islam just matter
    of time,the golden pagan dome will be destroyed
    thats up on mount moriah in jerusalem.

    October 8, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  3. Kebos


    October 8, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • voltaire


      October 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • another repentant sinner

      Proven !

      October 8, 2012 at 4:41 am |
    • Beelzebub

      Pray in one hand. P00p in the other. See which one fills up first.

      October 8, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • Jay

      Proven by whom?

      October 8, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Phil

      Yup, Religion and belief in god in other hand has really helped everyone.

      It was particularly healthy for evryone until a few of them crashed a few jetliners to kill the others.

      Very healthy particularly as an example to children.
      That and crusades to kill muslims, persecutions and muder of jewish people, shooting people in a sikh temple.

      All things we want our children to conitnue to enjoy for generations.

      I have yet to see Atheists murdering people for their religion. but maybe who knows? If atheists come up with a faith based idealogy they might!

      October 8, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      October 10, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  5. hippypoet

    question – who plays the lottery more, those that believe in a god of any form or those that don't?

    i don't have the answer, but i would be interested in knowing it. My thought is that since they who are believers believe from a place of hope, they not the latter, would be the more likely to gamble – which i find to be ironic for reasons that are clear i think.

    October 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  6. ronvan

    JIHAD, JIHAD!!!! It is so EASY for these people to declare a jihad on someone, something, when you say or do something that makes them mad!! I look at this poster and think, YES, lets delcare a Jihad on ALL of those that decarle Jihads on others! BUT, the problem I have with, the poster, is WHY does it have to say "support isreal"? It should say, the WORLD declares Jihad!!

    October 7, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Ralph

      Better read CNN headlines. Muslim Rebel leaders reach peace deal in southern Phillippines. What it should say is Southern Phillipines finally gives up to ShariA Law. Welcome to the same fate that awaits America and the rest of the Earth. Oh, that's right, I'm just another wack job, ignore it.

      October 7, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  7. Woody

    "David clearly indicated that his descendant (=long awaited and anticipated Messiah) would fly to a DESERT CITY in the West that is Far Away from Israel, (Psalms 55/7-9)" – Good News.

    The Messiah's flying into Vegas? ALL RIGHT!!!!! Talk about a tough act to follow. Elvis, eat your heart out.

    October 7, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • John Briffaux


      October 8, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  8. just sayin

    There is a joy in Christian prayer, known to quite a few. This day with hope and faith and love that joy cab be for you. God bless

    October 7, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • just sayin

      There is a joy in Christian prayer known to quite a few. This day with hope and faith and love that joy" can" be for you. God bless

      October 7, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  9. #geootrwonick[UDUDYYJJDDIY]

    very good!

    October 7, 2012 at 7:23 am |
  10. Good News

    @Where is your God now?
    As David clearly prophesied here (Psalms 118/22-26) GOD has ordained a "Final Testament" now, and thus made it a most precious "CornerStone" for all humanity here, based on an absolutely Matchless, most Powerful and Superb "Mathematical Evidence" from Him here. (Psalms 118/19-26)


    So from among all those Jews, Christians, Arabs, and all Others whoever seriously cares to listen to this most critical and important Messenger/MESSAGE of the Covenant (=brought by Son of David, Son of Man, Son of Muhammad) and truly believe in GOD here will have eternal Life in this Third and Last DAY (=MILLENNIUM) now! (John 6/27, 40)

    October 7, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Fritz Hohenheim

      Dude...you're sick. Go have your head checked.

      October 7, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Revelation 21:5-7

      5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
      6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
      7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. KJV


      October 7, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Reality

      Thomas Jefferson omitted it (the Book of Revelation) along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

      Martin Luther once "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

      October 7, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • .


      October 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Jay

      And you think that's good news? Hahaha... Gotta laugh!

      October 8, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Anonymous

      There is no god. Get over it.

      October 8, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  11. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:- For the next ad:


    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    October 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
  12. Iqbal Khan


    October 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  13. Iqbal Khan

    Help the Opressed against the Opressor

    October 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  14. Iqbal Khan


    October 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • 24 Hour Crisis Center

      There are times when war is warranted, but I have not seen one of those in my lifetime, I have only read about them. I am 47.

      October 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    October 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayer-bot.

      October 6, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  16. Where is your God now?


    If God is not responsible for wickedness and injustice then God does not exist.

    How do you define intelligent creation? Does it include crows? Whales? Beings on other planets? Beings in other universes?

    If God created free will, then he can blamed for what it’s creations do with it, since God knows everything.

    Why does God want to be worshiped?

    There is nothing plain and simple about how you describe God; you are defying all logic.

    October 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • nope


      October 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • slope

      @nope nope


      October 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • .



      October 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  17. Where is your God now?

    A 15-year-old Wisconsin girl was rescued after someone noticed the girl walking barefoot several blocks from her home in her pajamas. Police learned of the alleged torture the nearly starved girl endured since 2006 after they picked up the girl in the early part of last week.

    The teen alleges her father and step-mother locked her in the basement and forced her to drink her own urine and eat her own feces. The girl was found weighing only 70 lbs. and had not yet reached puberty due to her years of malnutrition and alleged mistreatment. The girl also told police that she was imprisoned in the family’s basement and if she tried to go upstairs, an alarm would go off. She said she survived by eating things off the floor, finding things in the laundry room, and occasionally, rummaging through the garbage. The basement is also without a bathroom.

    October 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Carnal being, thinking and doing, never to learn Jesus' spiritual truth.

      October 7, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  18. Where is your God now?

    LE 26:29, DT 28:53, JE 19:9, EZ 5:8-10 As a punishment, the Lord will cause people to eat the flesh of their own sons and daughters and fathers and friends.

    October 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  19. CS


    Je pense que "Où est votre Dieu maintenant" a peut-être tiré le Heavensent réel hors de son trou. Si vous regardez à la page 1, il semble y avoir un vrai post HS. Pas sûr, mais il semble réel.

    October 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      There isn't a hole you atheists can slither in that will protect you from Jesus' wrath when He returns.

      October 7, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • therealpeace2all


      Je suis allé à la page 1, et oui, je ne pouvais pas le dire ... peut-être qu'elle est de retour. Ou ... quelqu'un d'autre a pris la poignée?

      Peut-être que tu devrais aller avec @ Où est votre Dieu maintenant? comme un surnom pour un certain temps, afin que nous puissions ou d'exclure savoir si le réel ou d'une autre Heavensent faux est de retour ou non. Que pensez-vous?

      Peace ...

      October 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Bleh


      October 8, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  20. Good News

    The real and absolute Peace among Jews, Christians, Arabs, and all Humanity will only be possible

    when they clearly see that the long awaited and anticipated Messiah (=Son of David, Son of Man, Son of Muhammad,
    and Son of Peace)

    has thus already come with the real GOOD NEWS here

    in the beginning of this Third and Last DAY (=MILLENNIUM; John 6/27, 40) now!



    David clearly indicated that his descendant (=long awaited and anticipated Messiah) would fly to a DESERT CITY in the West that is Far Away from Israel, (Psalms 55/7-9)
    and Jesus thus made it clear that this Messiah would thus definitely be sent by GOD in the beginning of this Third and Last DAY (=MILLENNIUM) now (John 6/27, 40),
    and he would clearly be seen like the lightning shines in the east (=i.e. as his ancestor David came out in the East) and is seen as far as in the west (=i.e. as his descendant has thus gone into the West now)!
    And hence, this is the new "JERUSALEM" (=LAND of PEACE) for all humanity in the West now (Psalms 55/7-9 & Please, take notice here that Jesus clearly indicates that all those who are in Israel and that Desert therein would only be false Messiahs because the true Messiah will thus come out in this Desert in the West now; Matthew 24/25-27), for those who want to attain eternal Salvation and everlasting benefits from GOD hence, first of all here, now!

    October 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Where is your God now?

      More good news!

      EX 21:20-21 With the Lord's approval, a slave may be beaten to death with no punishment for the perpetrator as long as the slave doesn't die too quickly.

      October 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Good News

      @Where is your God now?
      That is the Old Testament (and by the way that is not an honest and accurate translation above); so please, see the Final Testament in the above web site now, if you sincerely want to know where GOD is now; and He still loves you and He will certainly bring you out of deep darkness that you are still ignorantly in now, if you henceforth honestly and truthfully open your heart and mind to Him now.

      October 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Where is your God now?

      @Good News

      The Old Testament is not the word of God? I agree.

      October 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Good News

      @Where is your God now?
      The answer is in my latest post above.

      October 7, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • HeavenSent

      All words are divinely inspired by God to scribe the Bible. Jesus is the author. Proof. Wave to me when I reside with Jesus and you're sitting complaining with you atheist buddies on the wrong side of the divide when you leave this earth and meet Jesus and won't be eligible for 1000 years of summer school.

      October 7, 2012 at 11:22 am |
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