And to back up the bald faced lies on these billboards, they are offering free qurans which have been whitewashed and scrubbed clean of all the hateful and violent passages targeted at non-Muslims.
Las Vegas Sun Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the “true” (HAH!) message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad.
The New York-based Muslim Brotherhood front group, Islamic Circle of North America, has erected 100 of these fake billboards over the summer that feature statements such as: “Muhammad believed in peace, social justice, women’s rights” and “Muhammad always taught love, not hate; peace, not violence.” Also listed are a website and a phone number people can call for more information. Actually, Muhammad said:
They are in cities including Boston; New York; Phoenix; San Diego; El Paso and Austin, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; Cleveland; Las Vegas; Milwaukee; North Bergen, New Jersey; Portland, Oregon; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Denver; and Calgary, Alberta.
The group’s president, Naeem Baig, said the idea for the campaign arose after January attacks in Paris by Islamist militants on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store killed 17 people, plus the three attackers.
The perpetrators wrongfully understood the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, Baig said, and the American Muslim community wanted to reclaim the message. (No, the perpetrators perfectly understood the teachings of Muhammad)
As for whether the campaign would face a tougher audience in Boston, with the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings still fresh in many people’s minds, Baig said: “That’s the whole point of the campaign; there are extremists in all communities.” (But Islam wins the prize for having the most)
“As a Muslims, it hurts me when I see someone abusing my faith, abusing the teachings of the prophet,” Baig said. He sees those who resort to violence “as people who are lost, who have no direction in their life, people who have their own challenges in their life, who are using faith as an excuse.” (No, people who resort to violence are considered “perfect Muslims”)