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CTV: “City removing “controversial” [freedom] ads from Edmonton buses”

Helping Muslim Girls is “Racist”: Edmonton Transit Caves to Islamic Supremacist Demands and Takes Down AFDI Bus Ads

Controversial ads on Edmonton Transit Service buses will be removed, and one city council member is pledging to work on ways to prevent similar ads from being allowed in the future.

Controversial to save lives? Under the sharia it is. But Muslim Coun. Amarjeet Sohi ordered officials to take down the signs, immediately.

Controverisal? But vicious blood libels against Israel are OK and are running on transit systems across Canada.

We placed our ads in Edmonton because human rights activists there wanted to partner with our organization to do so. Honor killing is a grim reality that is largely ignored, and girls are suffering as a result. Muslim fathers kill their daughters for real or imagined sexual indiscretions that have supposedly dishonored the family. Nothing is done because political correctness prevents us from speaking about the problem honestly. Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide and Islamic law stipulates no penalty for a parent who kills his child. These girls need and deserve protection.

Apparently Muslims complained. Why?

Is this how the Canadian Muslim community responds to the desperate circumstances of Muslim girls living in devout Muslim homes? They deny, obfuscate and dissemble. The Muslim community protects the religious honor code, while smearing and libeling the truth tellers coming to the aid of these girls as “racists.”

AFDI’s new honor killing awareness campaign was designed to help young girls living in fear of the Islamic honor code.

The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.” (Source: Jihadwatch)

City removing controversial ads from Edmonton buses CTV,  October 28, 2013

Controversial ads on Edmonton Transit Service buses will be removed, and one city council member is pledging to work on ways to prevent similar ads from being allowed in the future.

In recent days, ads were posted on ETS buses, targeted Muslim girls – telling them to get help if they feel threatened by their family – and sparked outrage for a number of Edmontonians, and for some in Edmonton’s Muslim community.

The ads were posted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, and the president of the organization said Monday the ads were meant to reach out to girls who might be looking for help.

Bus ad

The city is responding to the fallout of these ads, posted on a number of ETS buses, by removing them

Pamela Geller told CTV News she heard concerns from Edmontonians that it could be an issue in the city’s growing Muslim community – so the organization purchased 70 ads that were posted last week, and were set to be taken down in mid-November.

“If we have to suffer the slings and arrows of those that wish to protect this honour code, that wish to protect this system of misogyny and violence, then so be it,” Geller said in an interview with CTV News.

The Chair of the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities didn’t agree, saying the ads counter-act work being done to prevent domestic violence, and not just in the Muslim community.

“We would just as unequivocally condemn those acts as we would anybody smearing the name of a particular faith group,” Masood Peracha said.

Meanwhile, the ads have raised questions surrounding the approval process for ads meant for city buses.

City officials said they don’t get involved in the process, the decision is up to Pattison Outdoor, the company contracted to handle the job – city officials said the ad meets necessary standards.

“We believe that Pattison, who are the experts, would’ve tested it and would’ve confirmed that’s the case,” Patricia Waisman, ETS Yield Management Director said.

A Pattison spokesperson told CTV News that the ads cleared a checklist, and met required standards – such as identifying the group that bought the ad, and providing contact information for them.

On Tuesday though, Councillor-elect Amarjeet Sohi said the ads were being removed.

“There’s no room for such bigotry and discrimination in our city, and we should not have allowed these ads to start with,” Sohi said. “But once we found it, we took immediate action and taken them off.”

Sohi also said he is planning to sit down with the City’s Transportation Department, and Pattison, to find ways to improve criteria and standards for advertisements posted on city property.

CTV News spoke to Geller again Tuesday – who said she was shocked, and said the disturbing issues related to honour killings can’t be ignored.

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