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Denouncing Jihad Is 'Hate Speech'?
by Mark D. Tooley
Responding to controversial New York subway ads denouncing "jihad," the United Methodist Women's organization is placing counter ads against "hate speech."
The ad from the American Freedom Defense Initiative declares: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." Its organizer, Pamela Geller, insists the ad targets violent extreme Islamists, not Muslims. The critics insist it's an attack on Islam.
Among those critics is the New York-based United Methodist Women, whose counter ad responds: "Hate speech is not civilized. Support peace in word and deed." The head of the church women's group joined a press conference on the New York City Hall steps on September 24 to denounce the anti-jihad ads.
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