NEW YORK, September 26, 2012 – A controversial ad campaign funded by conservative blogger Pamela Geller that many see as offensive to Muslims, has prompted some New Yorkers to reject the ads. Stickers reading “RACIST” and “HATE SPEECH” have appeared on some of the ads, which are posted on MTA subway trains and stations.

The American Islamic Congress has taken a measured response to the ads, in this statement from executive director Zainab Al-Suwaij: “First and foremost, we support freedom of speech and the First Amendment. Do we like what the ads say? No. Nor is it a helpful contribution to our ongoing national dialogue, especially in this environment of heightened tensions. However, they have a right to state their opinion, and that’s where America’s greatness resides.”

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