Just in time for Ramadan, billboards along the New Jersey Turnpike offer a toll-free line to educate stupid N.J. infidels about Islam. As if 9/11 didn’t teach us everything we needed to know about it. Coming soon to a highway near you, too.
FOX NEWS – While most billboards you drive by on the New Jersey Turnpike advertise things like hotels or cars, the billboards getting attention recently advertise a certain religion and are stirring up controversy.
One billboard shows an American flag with the words “Islam? Get the facts.” Another reads “Ramadan– 1.57 billion celebrating– find out why.” The Islamic Circle of North America put them up. They want you to call their information hot line.
Mohamed El Filali from the Islamic Center of Passaic County said it is all about educating people. “Prejudice is built on misinformation or ignorance,” Mohamed El Filali said. “I think it’s extremely important for people to hear information from the source as to what is Islam, who are Muslims and what have you.”
But some aren’t convinced the public is ready to be educated. The pain of 9/11 is still too raw. Some told Fox 5 that the billboards shouldn’t be up there. Drivers on the turnpike aren’t the only ones who will see these billboards. Similar ads are going up on highways in dozens of other states.
NJ –The president of the Islamic Circle of North America New Jersey chapter welcomes curiosity. But he wishes those with questions about Islam would ask him or other Muslims before jumping to conclusions.
“Rather than absorb knowledge from Fox News, we invite people to come hear
it the lies from the horse’s mouth. We invite them to ask us what our faith is about,” Khan said. “There is a lot of curiosity about Islam, but also misinformation, uncertainty, and a sense of fear in approaching us.”
“Today I got a call from a woman asking what ‘sharia’ is. She was very curious, and told me ‘I want to understand.’ “I told her that sharia is a code of conduct. We have rules. Like, if you see a sign that says 30 miles per hour you stick to it.” (Or if you get raped by 4 muslim men, YOU can be stoned to death)
WhyIslam has launched similar advertising campaigns in the past with subway, bus, radio and TV ads. The Turnpike billboards are the first such initiative in New Jersey. But organizers say recruiting for the religion is not the objective. “We’re not here to convert people,” Khan said. “We’re here to educate people.”