Did you have to do a double-take?
When I first saw this headline earlier today, I thought it had to be related to some radical Islamist group, and that there was no way such signage would be permitted on any of New York’s public transportation. But I was wrong.
Not only are signs with this message (and many others like it) about to appear on New York City buses, but the group sponsoring these signs is a project of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). Since this was the first time I’d heard of AFDI, I decided to visit their website and learn more about them. Check out their stated mission:
“Our objective is to go on the offensive when legal, academic, legislative, cultural, sociological, and political actions are taken to dismantle our basic freedoms and values. AFDI acts against the treason being committed by national, state, and local government officials, the mainstream media, and others in their capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, the ever-encroaching and unconstitutional power of the federal government, and the rapidly moving attempts to impose socialism and Marxism upon the American people.”
YES! Talk about a mission statement! A group that is standing up to political (correctness) ridiculousness, that’s not afraid to speak the truth, and is doing so in very public places. What’s not to like?
Isn’t it refreshing to hear people call terror – and jihad – by their first names? Doesn’t it make your heart swell with American pride to find another group dedicated to defending the Constitution?
Oh and by the way, their ads are good. Really good.
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) April 21, 2015
AFDI has done exactly what more people should be doing. They aren’t attacking Islam. They’re simply using quotes and facts and allowing individuals to form an educated opinion. Radical Islam is a belief system – it’s an idea. Ideas are the hardest thing on the planet to fight.
How do you kill an idea? By exposing its evils and replacing it with another, better idea.
“Killing Jews is worship.” If that doesn’t make you think (and maybe even change your ideas) during your morning commute… what will?