ROCKVILLE- On Monday morning, Montgomery County faith groups gathered near the Rockville Metro station to protest anti-Islamic Metro bus ads purchased by the American Freedom Defensive Initiative (AFDI).
The 15-foot ads that began running in May on 20 local Metro buses show a World War II meeting between Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Beside the image is text reading “Islamic Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran. Two-thirds of all US aid goes to Islamic countries. Stop racism. End all aid to Islamic Countries.”
Among Monday’s protestors was the Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group (FCWG). The FCWG includes members of local Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist and Zoroastrian faith communities.
The leaders issued a statement that revealed their discontent, saying that they were “deeply saddened by the placement of anti-Muslim ads on buses owned and operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).”
Speakers included Reverend Mansfield Kaseman, Interfaith Liaison to the County’s Office of Community Partnerships; Gonpo Yeshe of the Kunzang Palyul Chöling (KPC) Buddhist Temple; and Inam Faizul Khanf from the Islamic Center of the Washington Area.
In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.