Earlier this week, an ad by the United Methodist Women organization went up next to one of Pamela Geller’s controversial “anti-jihad” ads in the 42nd Street subway station, reading, “Hate speech is not civilized. Support peace in word and deed.” Now, two more religious groups are set to debut response ads of their own.
Monday, new ads from Rabbis for Human Rights-North America and the Sojourners (a Christian human rights organization) will go up near Geller’s ads in the same subway stations. The Rabbis for Human Rights ad reads “In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbor,” while the Sojourners ad reads “Love your Muslim neighbors.” “Geller thinks she is speaking for the entire Jewish community,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of RHR-NA. “We are a group of 1,800 rabbis and we want everyone to know that we have to work in partnership with the Muslim community and do not believe in dehumanizing them,” adding, “We wanted to make it clear that it is in response to the anti-Islam ad.”