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EXCLUSIVE: Mayor de Blasio blasts anti-Islamic ad campaign as 'outrageous'

Posted on September 19, 2014

Calling them "outrageous, inflammatory and wrong," Mayor de Blasio on Friday blasted an incendiary new ad campaign that bashes aspects of Islam.

Original source: NY Daily News, Sep. 19, 2014

These ads will go up on buses and outside two subway stations on MondayThese ads will go up on buses and outside two subway stations on Monday

Calling them "outrageous, inflammatory and wrong," Mayor de Blasio on Friday blasted an incendiary new ad campaign that bashes aspects of Islam.

One of the ads, which will appear on 100 buses and at two subway entrances, includes an image of American journalist James Foley just before he was beheaded.

In a statement to the Daily News, de Blasio said the ads had "no place in New York City, or anywhere."

"These hateful messages serve only to divide and stigmatize when we should be coming together as one city," de Blasio said.

"While those behind these ads only display their irresponsible intolerance, the rest of us who may be forced to view them can take comfort in the knowledge that we share a better, loftier and nobler view of humanity."

Controversial conservative blogger Pamela Geller is bankrolling the ad blitz, at a cost of $100,000. In an interview, she called it an "education campaign" to highlight the dangers of jihadist ideology. She insisted that she isn't anti-Islam.


 

Fermino, Jennifer. "EXCLUSIVE: Mayor De Blasio Blasts Anti-Islamic Ad Campaign as 'outrageous'" NY Daily News. N.p., 19 Sept. 2014. Web. 01 Oct. 2014. http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/exclusive-mayor-de-blasio-blasts-ad-campaign-featuring-james-foley-wrong-blog-entry-1.1945934#bmb=1