Islamic dawah ads on Toronto subways sparks debate

via Toronto SUN. h/t Jack

A Muslim advertisement stating “There is no god but Allah” has started a vigorous debate amongst TTC riders and sparked a review from the Toronto Transit Commission Advertising Commission Group.

After five complaints were made, a working group including Councillor Karen Stintz has decided to allow the advertisement to remain in the Kennedy subway station.

“The decision to reject or accept an ad isn’t decided by whether someone takes offence to it or not,” said TTC spokesman Brad Ross. “It doesn’t violate the Human Rights Code. We can’t reject an ad because it espouses one view on religion.”

According to the Islam Info Centre, the ad — posted in January — is aimed at raising religious awareness.

“The main purpose of posting it was to raise awareness of Islam,” said Mohammad Obaidullah, of the centre.

They have not received any complaints directly. In fact, he said they have been receiving many more visitors inquiring about the religion.

Obaidullah said the ad is not intended to be offensive.

“Of course our aim is never to convert people. They have the choice to accept it or reject it.”

But many disagree.

Charles McVety, president of the Canada Family Action Coalition, said it is offensive to all non-Muslims.

“Recognize that in a public space, this is an offensive ad to all non-Muslims,” he said. “It’s saying all other faiths are illegitimate.”

Tarek Fatah, founder of the Canadian Muslim Congress, does not agree with the ad, either.

“This is what is called the declaration of belief. It basically reads ‘There is no god but God,’” he said.

But the Muslim group translated part of the text into English, and left “Allah,” an Islam word for god, as is.

“It looks as if they’re putting God against Allah and it’s very devious and dangerous to do this,” said Fatah. “It obviously offends people to whom it seems it’s an insult to their beliefs in their God. It’s saying your god is not the right god, mine is.”

Fatah said he does not understand why this would be posted in a public space.

“I don’t think such advertisements have place in the public transit system where there are multiple faiths,” he said. “It seems to me they’re saying ‘You have to notice us.’ It’s marking out their territory.”

McVety said his concern is not where the ad is placed, but the privileges these Muslims are receiving.

“I think we must have free speech not only in public spaces but also in government spaces,” he said. “Christians are not allowed to put up such an ad in any government space; they are repeatedly rejected.”

McVety called Muslims a “super class of citizens” who receive better treatment than any other religion.

“We must have equal treatment of equal people under the law, not different classes that have different privileges,” he said.

In response to this controversial ad, McVety is currently preparing a Christian advertisement he will be submitting to Karen Stintz.

The ad will read, “Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.” He expects the TTC will approve it, as they approved the Muslim one.

That’s too easy. They should submit an ad publicizing the truth about Allah and Islam. When Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer countered an ad in NYC, they were met by those in U.S. government willing to deny American citizens their constitutional rights in the name of Islam. They are fighting it.

14 thoughts on “Islamic dawah ads on Toronto subways sparks debate

  1. FREEDOM of religion;freedom from religion….And Jesus said unto them;Some take the kingdom by FORCE………others do the stealth.It is the same with all official rule or law books;If you are in the jury;you are required to submit to the laws of a legal entity.The key word is SUBMIT……..MANY religions and secular philosophies REQUIRE you to submit… show that you are compliant,many times an outward symbol or sign is required;like an identification badge.;or a certain clothing……….a sort of MARK that shows your allegience to something or someone…………Islam is a corporation with many divisions…………like other religions.CHRISTIANITY has it’s identifying MARKS like other religions…… the Jewish religion known by the Star of DAVID.CAHRISTIANITY….KNOWN BY THE CROSS OR EVEN COMMUNION.THESE are identifying marks or signs……….Islam is known by it;s fruits…and there are many……….have you ckecked to see if yu have a ringworm on your right hand or forehead?The Mark or sign of the emerging beast from the sea of possibilities is not something to take lightly.Hitler was known for;………..;..THAT WAS HIS MARK………….COMMUNISM WAS KNOWN FOR….THAT WAS IT’S MARK…………ISLAM IS KNOWN FOR….THAT IT IT’S MARK…………BY their fruits you shall know them……………..dont eat it…..dont lsten to the Serpent .the wise guy of this world.

  2. Yeah. But NO CHRISTIAN ADS!

    The first people that will be killed by these muzzies when they take power are the type they view as traitors.

    Specifically, the politically correct that were fed this garbage by the leftist educational system that allowed a sign disrespecting Christianity

    Speaking out against islam is a hate crime?

  3. Well Canada, the birth place of my father, are you going to hell like the U K? Get CHRISTIAN ADVERTISEMENT on those busses also along side of the ISLAMIC CRAP. Wake up before it is to late and wind up like the U K and EUROPE. LOCK AND LOAD.

  4. liberals whom interpert allah as meaning another word for god, any god the god of any religion knows not from whose mouth the word allah was spoken/written to them that speak it he is the only god and they will eradicate you apathic christians

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  7. The decision to reject or accept an ad isn’t decided by whether someone takes offence to it or not,”

    HorseHockey- any poster, cartoon, speaker who offends Muslims is not allowed- in Canada it’s a crime called hate speech, you will be prosecuted if Muslims whine about your speech- and death threats and often death surely follow

    this campaign looks inviting – time to get markers and go on a graffitti spree

  8. This ad is offensive, Islam is offensive. Would they allow an ad like this in South Arabia about Israel? or about Yeshua (Jesus) in Jordan, Iran, Tunisia, etc. When they allow it, then I think it can be allowed.

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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