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UK: Islamic charity claims opposition to its bus ads is “racist”

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They’ll run these ads, but they wouldn’t run my ads quoting Muhammad, the awesome prophet of Islam.

Back in June 2016, I reported that we were starting a new ad campaign to run on London taxis. It consisted simply of quotes from Muhammad, such as “I have been made victorious through terror.”

Here is a photoshopped mockup of how the ads were supposed to look:

I signed contracts and paid in full on May 13, 2016. On that day, we released an announcement: AFDI- Taxi Supersides Contract Between Media Agency Group and Pamela Geller is Signed and Filed!

On June 27, I wrote to John: “John, Please confirm that the ads are up and running today.” On June 28, I received an email from Gabrielle Conneely of Transport Media, saying “All taxis are now posted and on the road.”

But here’s the thing: the ads never ran.

Transport Media lied. They said that hundreds of our ads were running on London taxis. When I asked for proof of placement – environmental shots of taxis bearing the ads on London streets – they stopped answering my emails.

If the ads had been running, there would have been an uproar in the dhimmi British media. The Guardian would have been furious that we dared to insult Muhammad by quoting his exact words.

Also, don’t you think that if the ads had been running, every Muslim cabbie in London (i.e., every cabbie in London) would have been on strike and up in arms (some literally) and refusing to drive, or peeling off the ads, etc.?

But there was nothing. Not one word.

The ads never ran. These perfidious Albionites lie to you and take your money. They never ran the ads.

Can you imagine what would happen if they tried to pull this on jihad or Sharia groups, or on Islamic Relief now in Manchester?

 

We filed suit, through my British law firm, Taylor Rose. In response, the Media Agency actually claimed that the picture I photoshopped above was evidence that the ads ran! When we challenged that, they sent us photos of the ads on parked taxis — after repeatedly refusing to show us any evidence that the ads had run before. Their new photos were obviously an attempt to stop our suit: they put the ads on taxis, took the photos, and took them off.

Their dishonesty was transparent, but that was that. We lost the case. The British courts ensured that we were defrauded. This lawsuit cost us over $35,000, and and was an important fight, albeit unnoticed, for the freedom of speech. It was a telling episode showing how much the UK has deteriorated.

“Transport bosses slam ‘totally unacceptable’ comments over Islamic charity bus adverts,” by Charlotte Cox, Manchester Evening News, May 1, 2018:

An Islamic charity running a campaign on Greater Manchester buses has responded to critics of its banners – and transport bosses have slammed ‘totally unacceptable’ racist comments about the ads.

The adverts, currently appearing on 100 of the region’s buses, read: “For the Love of Allah save a life now.”

The organisation behind them, Islamic Relief, says the ads are a call to support their charity, which offers humanitarian support to people of ‘all faiths and none’.

Some people have responded negatively to the advert on Twitter.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has branded some responses ‘unacceptable’.

On Sunday night, First Manchester responded to criticism – which included threats to boycott – with an apology.

However, First later withdrew that tweet in favour of the message: “A religious advert on some of our vehicles has led to racist comments, which we do not condone.

“We have alerted @ExterionMediaUK to the feedback on the advert, as they manage the advertising space.”

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) bosses went further in its statement, which read: “TfGM has been tagged in a number of tweets over the last few days about a national campaign by the Islamic Relief charity that has appeared on local buses.”

Describing Greater Manchester as an inclusive and diverse region, the statement added: “The content and tone of many of the comments that have been made are totally unacceptable and we will not be responding to comments about this campaign.”

The campaign has also featured on 75 London red double-deckers and on 82 underground trains in Glasgow.

Judith Escribano, head of communications at the charity, said: “Islamic Relief is a development agency assisting some of the poorest people in the world, both in the UK and over 40 developing countries.”

She said the campaign was launched to draw attention to Ramadan, which starts later this month.

Describing Ramadan as a time for ‘fasting, praying and reflecting’, she said it was also a time for Muslims to make charitable donations.

She added: “We have no wish to cause offence to anyone – our campaign is appealing to people’s charitable nature and goodwill at this uniquely generous time of year for Muslims, much as Christian charities advertise in the run-up to Christmas. We are asking people to save a life for the love of Allah….

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