Order the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City to remove anti-Islam posters from subway stations!
A few days ago continuing through today, I saw several posters like these in subway stations along the A train line while visiting Washington Heights:
[Description: A poster depicting the World Trade Center towers burning during the Sept. 11th attacks next to a Quran quote reading “Soon we shall cast terror into the hearts of Unbelievers.” The poster advertises TruthaboutQuran.org and the American Freedom Defense Initiative. On the poster is a disclaimer from the MTA saying that display of this poster does not represent the MTA’s endorsement of its contents or message.]
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
I sent a message to MTA’s customer service page, and this is what I said (pasting here so that people can copy if they want):
When I stepped off the A train on my way to my friend’s apartment in Washington Heights, I was shocked to see posters depicting the World Trade Center towers on fire next to an out-of-context quote from the Quran. I find it appalling that the MTA approved such a poster, even with the disclaimer that it did not represent the views of the MTA. Even with the disclaimer, it sends the message that the upper echelons of the MTA are apathetic toward whether or not they promote hatred and violence against Muslim Americans. The MTA should not tolerate the promotion of ignorance and prejudice against any minority religious group, and should remove the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s posters immediately.