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9/11 families sound off on MTA’s political ad decision

Originally published at Peaceful Tomorrows by Terry Greene and Gloria Williams on 4/30/15

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Shown on the bus in the background is an ad from the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus featuring a 1941 photograph of Hitler and supporter Hajj Amin al-Husseini in Philadelphia. New York is following in the footsteps of cities including Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, which have already banned political ads on public transit, the agency said. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

From September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

As family members of those who died in the attacks launched on Sept. 11, 2001, we reflect on the recent MTA ruling to ban political advertisements on all MTA vehicles as an unfortunate sacrifice when a middle ground could have been forged.

Our families still mourn deeply the loss of our loved ones who perished on 9/11.

Our pain is compounded when some choose to respond in kind to that terrorist attack, and other attacks that have followed, by promoting hatred and fear of others who may be different from themselves. While we support the right to practice free speech, we abhor messages composed to incite bigotry and hatred.

Such messages seek to overturn the central tenets of America — a land founded to honor freedom of religion that is reliant upon principles rich with the ideas of life and liberty, tolerance and brotherhood.

The five-fold increase in hate crimes perpetrated against Muslims, or those who may appear to be Muslim, drives another… Continue reading