An ad placed by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization whose sole objective appears to be trashing Islam, has placed the below ad on the side of some busses in Washington D.C. The graphic effort strains to include a miniature history lesson along with its goal of linking anti-Semitism, and even racism, to Muslims.
The above recalls a similar message attached to San Francisco busses by AFDI back in 2012. The ad in that case was this one:points out, the woman behind the allegedly anti-racist ads (which have provoked vandalism due to their alleged racism), the fiercely anti-Muslim Pamela Geller, has run into in legal showdowns involving her controversial words that have sometimes, sometimes not achieved victory:
Geller's ads have run into court battles before, winning against NYC's MTA and appearing in San Francisco as well. In Boston, Geller is appealing a decision prohibiting her from purchasing MBTA ad space to run the Twin Towers ads.
It looks like D.C. has either decided to forgo the court battle or determined it isn't interested in challenging Geller's anti-Muslim tirades.
Big Cities: Ground Zero for the Culture War
The AFDI ads running on select busses in the nation's capital aren't the only thing provoking religious adherents in America's major population centers. The Times Square billboard seen below that mocks Christianity as a myth is apparently an annual affair, as Politix's Mary Noble observed in the run-up to the Christmas before last. That sign is placed by American Atheists, an organization who since 1963 has been the "premier organization fighting for the civil liberties of atheists and the total, absolute separation of government and religion."
The curious difference between the two campaigns - one anti-Muslim, the other anti-Christian - is the framing in which the issues are presented. Whereas both are nominally against religious folk, in the first case it's all about competing anti-racisms, in the second the familiar naturalism vs. spiritualism butting of heads ala the Scopes "Monkey" trial. Where those who denounce the former are often themselves secularists or atheists who take offense at bigotry, in the latter the anger is coming from Christians almost exclusively.