IndyStar reporters Fatima Hussein, Justin L. Mack and James Briggs spent more time and resources researching who owned the billboard and reaching out to Muslims for comment than they did trying to refute the content on the billboard. They even had to replace their blurry image taken from social media days ago with one from Fox News.
IndyStar on Tuesday traced the billboard to a firm called LightPoint Impressions. Don Woodsmall, who was listed as a principal on the firm’s website, responded to inquiries from IndyStar with a 500-word statement in which he said he sold the ad to a “group of patriotic Americans” who were denied advertising by national companies.
“Upon learning what they wanted to post, my first question was, like most Americans, ‘Is it true?'” he said. “After talking to a half-dozen Islamic scholars and receiving and reviewing numerous citations from Islamic law and literature, I was convinced that each point listed on the billboard was historically and factually true.”
Woodsmall acknowledged “there are those who might be offended” by his Indianapolis billboard and said he would remove the ad “if any of the facts are shown to be untrue.”
Can USA Today’s Fatima Hussein or Muslim U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis refute specific points on the billboard as incorrect? If the facts listed cannot be refuted and have been proven by Islamic scholars and texts, then Carson just described the actions of his prophet Mohammed as “hateful” and “vile”. His words.
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, said he believes the billboard is untrue and that the billboard’s author takes Islamic text and history out of context “just like al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Klan do to religious texts to justify their bigotry.”
Carson said he is disappointed that people have decided to use their free speech protections as a platform “to spread hateful, vile things that are divisive to people.”
Prepare for Muslims and their apologists, including cowardly Republican senators like Todd Young (his tweet), to quickly start revising history, changing context and attacking the messengers rather than discussing the message.
Don’t hold your breathe waiting for discussion or debate on Mo’s life, nor for Briggs or Hussein to investigate the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas-linked, unindicted co-conspirator ISNA that is headquartered in Plainfield, Indiana. Terror-funding and all.