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Bay Area Activists Remake Hate Ads on SF Buses
Early Sunday morning, justice activists altered the anti-Islamic ads posted by Pamela Geller's "American Freedom Defense Initiative" on San Francisco buses. In these remakes, Geller acknowledges that her struggle (jihad) is overcoming her virulent Islamophobia and racism.
Geller's original ad, top left, was modified to read: ""I'm Pamela Geller and I spread Islamophobia. I don't know why, but it's a struggle for me not to."
Pamela Geller is back in town, this time with a series of ads modeled on the ones created by the Committee on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) last month. The CAIR ads in turn were responding to Geller's previous series, which said, "Defeat Jihad, Support Israel" below a quote from Ayn Rand: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man." CAIR launched the "my jihad" series to familiarize Americans with the true meaning of the often-misued term "jihad," which means "struggling in the way of God".
Geller's new series uses incendiary alleged quotes from various Muslims, along with their photos, to stir up anti-Islamic fervor.
When her previous series ran in San Francisco, we unwelcomed her by stamping out hate speech and remaking them to say "Defeat Racism. Support Palestinian Right of Return."
This time we are choosing to show Geller what it feels like to have your photo plastered on a bus next to something you may or may not have said. We hope she appreciates it.