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Nihad Awad of the Coucil on American-Islmaic Relations, says recent hate messages on signs in Washington, D.C. Metro system, need to be countered

5:33 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) --The nation's largest Muslim civil liberties group is answering back with its own message after anti-Muslim ads went up at four metro stations.
A federal judge ruled that no one could stop the signs from going up because of freedom of speech. It's similar to what happened in New York City.

Some people have already defaced those anti-Muslim signs that equate Muslim radicals with savages. The signs reads:
"In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR is putting up three 16 foot banners at Metro station to counter the anti-Muslim ads. They're going up next Tuesday at Glenmont, Georgia Avenue and U Street Metro stops.

Nihad Awad is the CAIR Executive Director: "we take these hate messages very seriously and they need to be countered through collective American efforts to reject Islamic phobia and hate mongering and celebrate the forgiveness, free speech but also civil speech."

The CAIR signs read: "Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant." It's a passage straight from the Koran.

Jonathan Thesley says, "That's humble, it shows humility and does not lash out. That's appropriate."

CAIR says the ads are hurtful and create a climate of fear during a time when mosques are being targeted, shot at, burned and vandalized.

Diane Tepfer was inspired on her train ride into making her own sign that reads 'all human beings are created in the image of God.'
"I had to counteract this however I could. U street is my home."

CAIR says it has the backing from nearly 130 organizations from all religions.
CAIR purchased three ad spaces for $5400. The signs will be up for four weeks.
Metro contracts another company to sell the ad space. The CAIR signs will not be next to the hate signs but will be at three of the four stations where the anti-Muslim signs have been erected.

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