So, recent news has made for strong opinions; I don’t think there’s anything more RADIOACTIVE out there than ISIS, hell most people don’t know what to call it ISIS or ISIL–me? I stick by ISIS.
I have been putting a lot of heat in my rhetoric aimed at moderate Muslims. I still hold the opinion that by not fighting back they are allowing real sociopaths to take over. Let’s be crystal clear; these are the actions of radical fundamentalists who are perverting Islam, not the average Muslim. I think our German friend Ingrid put it best when she talked about how good Germans during WW2 remained passive and stood mute at the atrocities because going against the NAZI regime would mean certain death. There’s a lot of similarity in the psychology of WW2 Germans and moderate Muslims in Iraq/Syria.
The BIG difference is that the NAZI would not kill their own people once they took over, the sociopathic Jihadist will. The reason I mention the moderates as part of the problem is because I feel that a lot of progressive minded people, online, have a tendency to stay away from controversy and to say what just I said, even on the most progressive forums means you will get attacked by other so-called progressives.
Anyway my point is that WE should be honest but not let bigots, trouble makers, self-aggrandizing small minds, twist reality or make you feel you can’t make a point out of fear that you will be lumped together in that same group. Here is one such small mind in her own sauce; Pamela Geller, Islamophobe, and all around hate monger-has commission a series of anti-Islamic bus ads running on NYC city buses. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/09/19/anti-islamic-ads-coming-to-nyc-transit-system/
This troll has been around for a long time, I remember her from her failed attempts to block the Muslim cultural center known as Park 51 (the owner has revised the plans for a cultural center and has instead come up with different uses including condos—HA! Some Jihadist you bigots, the guy acts more like a Right-wing douche bag—G-d bless Merica! Of course this is meant as satire )
Geller, is now trying to, maybe this time she will get her way, to flame things by forcing hundred of thousands New Yorkers; even worse tourists, to view her hate filled garbage. She has found a loophole that allows her to do this, although the MTA was able to block on of the proposed ads too radical so they barred it.
I find the entire thing revolting and I wish someone would do something about it. I have come up with a SMALL plan, I fully realize it’s an exercise in futility but I feel compelled to act, I’m making out a small flyer that I will handout in stations.
The plan? To state the situation briefly; the proposed solution?
On the flier ask that if there is a way for each individual that wants to stand up against the racism to please walk over to another station that does not have the offensive add, if possible to avoid taking a bus carrying the ad, even if it is just one time during the time the ads will run. Then that they should call/email city hall and state why they are participating. If they can to make a photocopy and pass it to friends and family — the focus should be in elevating awareness not a massive campaign.