The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is crowing about its victory in Tampa, where transit officials reversed an earlier ban to allow this deceptive Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood group to advertise on its buses. And so my human rights organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), is launching our own public service bus ad campaign in Tampa to offer help for girls in danger of honor killing and to truth about Hamas-CAIR.
The ads have been submitted to Tampa transit officials and will begin running on buses on October 21.
The honor killing ad features heart-rending photos of girls who have been murdered in honor killings, and offers help to girls who are threatened. It is part of our ongoing campaign to raise awareness and bring a stop to the phenomenon of honor killing. These girls have rights, too, they’re human beings, and yet they’re completely forgotten in our politically correct culture. We’re standing for the human rights of these girls.
The CAIR ads are a response to CAIR’s own ad campaign, which Tampa officials recently approved. Samantha L. Bowden, Communications and Outreach Director of CAIR-Tampa, said: “We got to set the record straight of who we are and what we do.”
I totally agree. We do have to set the record straight on who CAIR really is and what they do. That’s why we are running our ads.
These ads are necessary because, as Robert Spencer has pointed out, CAIR is not really the civil rights organization it claims to be:
CAIR is actually an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s California chapter distributed a poster telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has ever been implemented.
Our AFDI ads feature several prominent critics of CAIR, as well as victims of the harassment that has been characteristic of the organization’s response to those it perceives as standing in the way of its aims. These include:
1. Muslims who came to CAIR for legal help and are now suing CAIR for mishandling their cases and defrauding them:
2. Lawmakers and law enforcement officials who have told the truth about CAIR:
3. Revealing statements by CAIR’s own leaders:
A victim of CAIR’s opposition to counterterror efforts:
This new campaign is part of our ongoing efforts at AFDI to defend the freedom of speech – as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism; the freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy; and the equality of rights of all people before the law – as opposed to Sharia’s institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.
It’s a fight we should all be fighting.
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of AtlasShrugs.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here.