"It's just a place for apostates and people leaving Islam to go. It's not
meant to offend anyone. It's an issue of religious freedom."
They don't even know they are dhimmis. What I resent is all the misinformation:
Pamela Geller Has Had Enough With 'Violent Ideology' Of The Religion, Launches Bus Ad Campaign; ADL Concerned
They're controversial bus ads some say are flagrantly anti-Muslim.
An activist Manhattan woman is
paying for the campaign detractors believe is bent on encouraging
Muslims to abandon their religion.
CBS 2 HD took a look
at the woman behind the controversy and the backlash it's generating.
"It's about the violent ideology of Islam. Yes, yes!" Pamela Geller
Geller is a woman on a mission.
With websites, blogs, and now bus ads she is campaigning against what
she calls the poisonous ideology of one of the world's three
monotheistic religions. On Tuesday night she was speaking out against
the proposed lower Manhattan mosque near ground zero. On Wednesday she
is defending the ad campaign offering help to Muslims who want to leave
the Islamic faith.
Is it offensive? Is it intolerant? She says no.
"It's just a place for apostates and people leaving Islam to go. It's
not meant to offend anyone. It's an issue of religious freedom," Geller
CBS 2 HD: "Would it be offensive if it were leaving Judaism or leaving
Geller: "No. Is Jews for Jesus offensive? I'm Jewish and I don't find
that offensive. It's really all about religious freedom. I have nothing
against Muslims. There's a problem with the violent ideology of Islam.
Lou, there is."
Geller raised $8,000 through her websites for 30 of the leaving Islam
bus ads — a minuscule campaign in a city the size of New York, but
certainly large enough, given the subject matter, to get some reaction.
"This is a combination of bigotry, hatred and an individual using the
current climate we're in to advance their own cause," said Faiza Ali of
the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
And it isn't just Islamic groups who are worried about the ad campaign
and the online anti-Muslim vitriol. The folks over at the
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith also think they see a disturbing
"This kind of language, this kind of characterization has no place in
our society. It muddies the waters rather than really allow us to move
forward," said ADL regional director Ron Meier.
The ADL has not taken a position on the presence of a mosque in lower
Manhattan, but it does reject any part of the debate that focuses on
prejudice and generalities.
Geller said she will continue her campaign against the mosque and her ad
campaign as funds become available.
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