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The Chicago branch of the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is trying to stop my organization’s campaign countering their bizarre jihad propaganda, threatening suit to keep our ads that tell the truth about jihad from running. Hamas-CAIR once again moves to silence the freedom of speech of those who stand against the jihad and Islamic supremacism. They are bent on imposing Shariah restrictions on criticism of Islam.
It all started when Hamas-CAIR developed a new propaganda ad campaign, a psyop, that kicked off on Chicago buses and is now running in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as well. “#MyJihad” is a deceptive campaign designed to distract from and obscure the true meaning of jihad. It depicts smiling, attractive Muslims saying, “My jihad is to stay fit despite my busy schedule”; “my jihad is to build friendships across the aisle”; and the like.
The Islamic supremacists of Hamas-CAIR say that their MyJihad campaign is designed to respond to our Quran ad and fight “bigotry” and “Islamophobia.” According to the Chicagoist, CAIR-Chicago’s executive director, Ahmed Rehab, who originated the campaign, “told the Sun-Times the term ‘jihad’ has been twisted by groups such as Geller’s so that its true meaning is obscured and the word is most closely associated with ‘holy war.'”
Yes, Muslims are blowing things up and murdering infidels around the world today because I “obscured” the “true meaning” of the word jihad. What’s even worse is that enemedia reporters eagerly swallow Rehab’s garbage and never, ever call him on it. But in fact the real bigotry, the real hatred, is coming from devout Muslim jihad terrorists around the world every day: over 20,000 jihad attacks since 9/11, each one with the imprimatur of a Muslim cleric.
And so we countered. We created a jihad campaign speaking about the true meaning of jihad. Our new campaign focuses on how jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism. It uses actual quotes by jihadis and Islamic supremacists, including Osama bin Laden and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as statements from Hamas TV and one of the victims of the Fort Hood jihad massacre.
One ad depicts Osama bin Laden and the burning Twin Towers along with a bin Laden quote explaining why he took down the Twin Towers: “The first thing we are calling you to is Islam.” Another quotes an eyewitness to the jihad mass murders of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, noting that he was shouting “Allahu akbar” as he murdered 13 Americans at Fort Hood. Another quotes a Hamas TV music video including the lyric, “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.” A fourth quotes Times Square jihad car bomber Faisal Shahzad saying that jihad involving “weaponry” was “an obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim.”
This usage of jihad as killing non-Muslims is much more influential and widespread among Muslims worldwide than the benign and whitewashed understanding of it being pushed by Hamas-CAIR. Also, the fact that some Muslims don’t think of jihad as involving violence does not cancel out the fact that many do. Our AFDI campaign shines the light of truth to break through the fog of CAIR’s deceptions.
So what did CAIR do? They commenced legal action in their jihad against free speech. I received a “cease and desist” letter from Rehab (Mr. Jihad), claiming ownership of the phrase “my jihad.” Tell that to the millions of Muslims waging jihad in the cause of Islam.
Read their lawyer’s letter.
Litigation jihad – that’s Ahmed’s jihad, what’s yours? Yes, now CAIR claims to own #myjihad despite the fact that I registered myjihad.us four days before they registered any use of the phrase “my jihad.” Hey, Ahmed, you owe me money!
The imperialistic and supremacist group is claiming ownership of holy war and what amounts to a Twitter hashtag (#myjihad). Is that a first? They love using American law to crush American freedoms. In this case of parody (as in most things), Hamas-CAIR Chicago is overreaching and out of control, but there is always some hungry lawyer eager to line his pockets with myjihad dollars (and AFDI’s).
Hamas-CAIR has been encouraging people to use the hashtag #myjihad – did they really think they could control who, what, where and when? Typical Islamic supremacism.
Nonetheless, I tweaked my ads, removing the phrase “my jihad,” because I wanted them up and they don’t. They will never win this lawsuit. But they can try to tie us up for at least a year. It is obvious to me that Hamas-CAIR and Chicago Transit are in collusion. They are working together. I submitted the ads on Dec. 14; I didn’t hear back for six weeks, despite the fact that I inquired repeatedly. But on the day I received the email from Rehab’s lawyer, the Chicago Transit Authority rejected our ads, citing that legal letter not five minutes later. San Francisco then followed suit.
This is how egregiously our free speech rights are being violated.
Meanwhile, Hamas-CAIR’s deceptive campaign has received fawning media coverage all over the United States and as far away as Cairo, including a full hour of coverage on the BBC. So many non-Muslims are so eager to be fooled and to swallow the deceptions of these Islamic supremacists. But like all wars on the truth, Hamas-CAIR’s is doomed to fail. Our legal team of David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center is on the case, and the truth will prevail.