CAIR-Philadelphia Condemns Bigoted Anti-Muslim Ads on SEPTA Buses, Urges SEPTA to Donate Money from Ads to City’s Homeless Population
CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender and Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper are available for media interviews about the response of the Philadelphia Muslim community to the anti-Muslim ads that will begin running this week on SEPTA buses. Call 267-515-6711 or 267-515-6712 or email email@example.com to arrange an immediate interview.
“These ads are despicable and false, but fall under First Amendment protections,” Jacob Bender, CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director said. “The people behind these ads are part of a well-funded nation-wide Islamophobic campaign pushing a clearly hate-inspired message on the citizens of our fair city. One can only imagine the revulsion that tens of thousands of Muslim citizens will feel getting onto SEPTA buses.”
“The First Amendment protects everyone, the hateful and the loving alike,” according to Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper. “Instead of suppressing dishonest and offensive speech, the American tradition is to respond with speech of our own. You can be sure we will.”
CAIR-Philadelphia is asking SEPTA to donate the money they have received from the sponsors of these spiteful ads to organizations serving the city’s homeless population, thus turning hate into an action of charity and love. Read more…