|One of the original ads.|
The AFDI, apparently, feels it is critical to educate Americans about the dangers from extremists who identify as Muslim, like Osama bin Laden. Because, you know, Americans are just too accepting of bin Laden’s views. That’s silly and there is obviously no such need. AFDI’s objective is to rile up hatred of all Muslims and defame an entire religion. Indeed, the ads they are mocking were fairly innocuous ads run by the #MyJihad initiative that showed average Muslims and their admirable self-improvement goals.
|One of AFDI's reactionary hate ads.|
No one would debate that people can and do use religion as a twisted justification for hate and violence – whether against gays or others. This is true of all religions though. Yet you don’t see the AFDI Hate Group running ads quoting the Westboro Baptist Church and warning of the dangers of Christianity or Christian extremists. No. They’re bigots and prefer to target a religious minority already targeted by hate crimes, and overzealous law enforcement.
The AFDI’s hate ads certainly encourage hate crimes. They also help justify and support killing, war, occupation and apartheid. That is the larger context beyond the mosque fires and assaults in our communities, as horrible as they are. Demonizing Muslims reinforces policies supported by some of our political leaders in Washington – war in predominantly Muslim countries, incarceration without trial at Guantanamo Bay, assassination by drone, support for friendly despots in predominantly Muslim countries, and tremendous support, including billions in tax dollars, to Israel with no accountability for crimes against Palestinians.
|Earlier AFDI Hate Ads dealt with properly.|
As a historic center of the gay rights movement, San Francisco has an opportunity to demonstrate that our gay rights agenda is not so narrowly focused. Gay, straight, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, atheist – we are a community for all and we’ll tolerate everything but intolerance and hate.