Meet the Organization Behind These Anti-Islamic Bus Ads

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, headed by Pamela Gellar, has caught a lot of heat recently for putting up anti-Islamic ads on DC metro buses. The ads tell of intrinsic Islamic hate of Israel, showing Hitler sitting with Haj Amin al Husseini, who was once the grand mufti of Jerusalem.

Hitler meets Papal Nuncio

Of course it’s not that hard to find pictures of Hitler amongst world leaders, both political and religious. A quick look through historical archives shows that not only did Hitler meet with the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Cesare Orsenigo, but also a number of Roman Catholic Cardinals (maybe we should put that on a bus apropos of nothing at all).

Other famous meet and greets? Former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Former British Prime Minister David Llloyd George, various leaders from Romania, and Bulgaria, to name a few.

Hitler was, let’s not forget, the leader of Germany. Just because he ended up being a monstrous human being does not mean he wasn’t afforded the practicalities of that role.

But what about the question that the Qur’an is innately anti-Semitic? Well let’s take a closer look at this. In the Qur’an, a total of 60 passages speak to, or regard the Jewish population. Within these passages they are almost always referred to as Children of Israel or People of the Book (which describes both Christians and Jews). Not only does the Qur’an revere the Torah “We sent down the Torah, in which there is guidance and light, by which the prophets who submitted judged the Jews, as did the rabbis and the priests, according to what they were required to observe of God’s Book, and thereunto were they witnesses. So do not fear people, but fear me, and do not sell my signs for minor gain. Whoever does not judge by what God has sent down are disbelievers. (Qur’an 5:44))

But also they speak of the Jewish community as children of God. “Surely those who believe, those who are Jews, the Sabians, and the Christians, whoever believes in God and the last day and does good, has nothing to fear nor will they grieve. (Qur’an 5:69)

The ads are as misinformed as they are ridiculous. When asked how she funded them, Pamela Gellar responded, “Public contributions from a large number of patriots who wanted to see the truth being told.” She further went on to explain that the greatest threat to civil liberties was, “The encroachments on the freedom of speech that limit our ability to speak unpopular truths.”

This would probably explain why she’s been waging a legal war to have her signs put up across the nation. Good old fashioned telling of unpopular truths. So let’s explore what’s going on.

At the AFDI website, which contains a striking number of rambling posts filled with unsubstantiated accusations, the organization spells out their objectives. Which, summarized, go something like this:

They want to spread the word on the threat of Jihad, get ‘things’ done and put Islamic supremacist groups on the defensive.

I will take this moment to point out that the term ‘Islamic supremacist groups’ are neither used by the US Government nor the Associated Press, rather this term only exists within right wing blogs. For comparison, the term ‘white or right-wing supremacist’ is widely recognized, and as actual experts on terrorism have pointed out, makes up the largest growing threat to our nation’s stability.

However, despite being neither organized nor coherent, the website has garnered a particular amount of money. So much so that the AFDI has been able to bring lawsuits against any city that refuses to run their ads. After a lawsuit was successfully won by the AFDI in New York City, a number of cities including Washington DC and Chicago agreed to run their ads.

This, paid for by AFDI, ran in the NYC subway.

Detroit and Seattle are also being sued by the AFDI with litigation still underway.

Gellar makes a distinction that she’s not against Islam in general. The vast majority of ¼ of the Earth’s population is fine with her. But it’s the jihadists that she fights. She has stated that no Muslim who is innocent ought to be deterred by the signs, as they are not talking about them.

Still, it’s hard to believe that an ad equating Islam and Qur’anic thought with Nazism is purely aimed at extremists. So let’s just call this what it really is:

It’s Goodwin’s Law on a 15 foot placard.

Although often applied to online arguments, Goodwin’s Law essentially states that if any debate goes on for long enough eventually someone will bring up a comparison to Hitler. Once that comparison is asserted, whoever brought it up has officially lost, and the debate is considered closed.

Pamela Gellar has Goodwin Lawed herself. So it might be time that we call a spade a spade, and much like Coulter, ensure our lack of reaction turns her into little more than a struggling bigot, grasping at cultural relevancy.



Jim Ven
Jim Ven6 months ago

thanks for the article.

Nancy Hatcher
Nancy Hatcher2 years ago

Why would the DC Metro buses allow such drivel on their buses??? I think complaining to the idiot who approved this would be a good start in showing AFDI that they should keep their obvious prejudice to themselves!

Justin Vale
Justin Vale2 years ago

educating post. thank you.

Robin P.2 years ago

Sheila H. No my story does not change, you are just one sided, I never said I condem all muslims, those are your words. I am sure when Iran destroys Israel you will be celebrating out in the streets. I have had a muslim man read your posts and he shakes his head and says, you need to look deep inside yourself. This muslim man told me someone like you will never understand and he totally understands. Well I have better stuff to do than waste my time with you cause all you do is bash anyone who doesn't think like you. One last yes I have also been verbally attack it is the physical attacks that bother me NOT the verbal attacks, the verbal attacks I just walk it off, well maybe not anymore? I am done with this conversation with you, like this muslim man said you can talk in one sentence nice and then in the next sentence he said you attack, he and I are not sure where you are coming from? When you hurl abuse I will throw it back, you said it.

Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly2 years ago

More average, run-of-the-mill, every day, republican bigotry.

"I don't think that many Muslims know when they pray that they are cursing Christians and Jews five times a day. ... "

Maybe Pam Geller should have informed Mohammed. He obviously wasn't aware of her wisdom according to the quotes from the Que'an, above.

sheila h.
sheila haigh2 years ago

RR P. - I'm ignorant? I'm full of hate? I've put others down? I'm a hypocrite? Oh, really? I'm not sure on what you base that assertion.

It is true there is always much more for me to learn & I'm always eager to do so. As for the rest - well, I'm happy for others here to make a judgement call on that.

You've heard some silly youths shouting some stupid slogans/been verbally attacked/been physically attacked (not sure which as your story keeps changing with each telling), and on that basis alone you are prepared to damn and condemn all Muslims and an entire religion, without giving it a moment's logical thought?

And when someone tries to enlighten you and offers you a source where you could begin to widen your knowledge, you hurl abuse at them. Fine, I'm quite relaxed about that. It says more about you than it does about me.

I take it you haven't read the links I gave about the remarkable Emir Abd el Kader, then. A pity, you'd enjoy it, but I can't force you - your loss not mine. But perhaps you're waiting for the movie to come out.

Robin P.2 years ago

Ros G. Thanks for understanding.

Robin P.2 years ago

Sheila H. don't you tell me to grow up. You have just as much ignorance as I do, you are full of hate yourself, try reading all your comments again and who are you putting down, that is right you are a hipprocrate. I don't have a problem with muslims until they attack me for no reason then I do, I don't have a problem with anyone until they attack me then I do and I am not talking about verbally attacking I am talking about physical unprovoked attacking. Just because my faith is not Islam I should be treated like dirt by muslims, if muslims cannot accept me for who I am then how can I and some other people accept them? This goes both ways this is not a one way street.

sheila h.
sheila haigh2 years ago

RR P. (cont...)

Have you read the links I gave about Emir Abd el Kader? Please do, it’s a fascinatingly gripping story. Forget about religion, read it for the derring-do of the battles against the invading French, the French betrayals, the dignity of his surrender to save his people, and ask yourself how it can be that someone considered to be an enemy of France, imprisoned in France at the time, could have the French people lobbying to have him put on the ballot paper for the Presidency of France, stand on the balcony with Napoleon lll when he was pronounced emperor, and be mobbed by the French people wherever he went like a modern-day pop star. Log into the archives of the New York Times, or many other newspapers of the time around the world and read what they have to say about him. But of course, that was not the end of the story. You seem like someone who would enjoy the story.

The humanitarian rules he laid down during the war with the French for the treatment of French prisoners of war, (in contrast to the blood-thirsty treatment the French handed out to Algerian p.o.w’s and civilians alike), became the basis for the Geneva Convention.

sheila h.
sheila haigh2 years ago

RR P. - Yeah, and I've heard that one day pigs will fly and lizards will rule the world. Doesn't make it true. That some idiotic youth try to puff themselves up by shouting those sort of things is a bit like little schoolboys in a playground fight shouting "and my dad'll come and hit your dad" - i.e. it doesn't amount to a bag of beans. And the fact that their ignorant, self-appointed, un-Islamic "preachers" are being arrested, convicted and serving prison terms in their own countries as well as the west (long overdue) for their hate speech and incitement should indicate to you that such behaviour is not acceptable to Muslims just as much as it is not acceptable to us. If only the west would start to take similar actions against idiotic, ignorant hate preachers of other religions, we may start to calm things down a bit.

Now, RR, grow up, and don't be so ready to put finger to key about things you know nothing about, and when someone with a little more knowledge than yourself gives you some information to consider, reflect a little more on it and learn something before doubling down on you own ignorance. Have you read the links I gave about Emir Abd el Kader?