“Killing Jews is Worship that Draws us Close to Allah.”
These signs were ruled legal and free speech” by U.S. District Judge John Koeltl on Tuesday and will continue to be posted on NYC subways and buses. They have already been appearing on mini buses in San Francisco for quite a while.
While the substance of these signs may sound extreme and hateful, the motive behind the message is not what it first appears.
The signs are a parody and a part of public information campaign by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). The ad shows a picture of a man draped in a Palestinian keffiyeh next to a quotation attributed to “Hamas MTV.” They are in response to recent aggressive acts by Islamic terrorists.
The second part of the sign says “That’s his Jihad. What is Yours?”
“The purpose of our campaign is to show the reality of Jihad, the root causes of terrorism. Using the exact quotes and text that they use,” said Pamela Geller of the AFDI.
Whether you agree with the tactics of the AFDI or not, they do realize better than our own elected officials the goals of Islamic extremists. While the means may not be politically correct, they are telling us the truth.
It reminded me of the New Testament book of Galatians where the apostle Paul is teaching that the Old Law has been abolished. It served God’s purpose. It brought us to Christ. It was nailed to the cross with Jesus. And now there is a New Covenant of Christ.
This teaching did not set well with his Jewish brethren. They not only rejected it. But often reacted with violence toward Paul as he preached Jesus on his missionary tours (Acts 14:19). In defending his doctrine, Paul rhetorically asks, “Am I your enemy because I tell you the Truth?” (Gal. 4:16).
As we write on a variety of topics to encourage, inspire, as well as teach, sometimes we are accused of lacking love. Being intolerant. Socially insensitive. Even hateful. But am I your enemy because I tell you the truth?
When I affirm to atheists, there is a God (Ps 14:1), am I their enemy?
When I teach Creationism to evolutionists, (Gen. 1:1), am I their enemy?
When I tell Muslims that there is only one true God (Jer. 10:10) and His name is Jehovah, (Ex. 6:3), am I their enemy?
When I preach that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, (Matt 16:16) am I an enemy of Jews?
When I support marriage as being only between one man and one woman, (Matt 19:4-6) am I the enemy of lesbians?
When I affirm that same-sex relations is a sin, (1 Cor. 6:9-11) am I an enemy of homosexuals?
When I warn young people about the dangers of immorality, indulgence and fleshly lusts, (Gal. 5:19-21) am I an enemy of youth?
When I instruct husbands and wives about their respective God-given roles in the home (Eph. 5:22-33), am I an enemy of families?
When I condemn adultery as sinful, am I an enemy of a person’s right to happiness?
When I admonish churches not to transgress the doctrine of Christ (2 Jn 9) and to respect Jesus’ authority (Matt 28:18), am I the enemy of my own brethren?
When I call my fellow Americans back to faith in God, belief in the sacred Scriptures and acceptance of Biblical morality, am I an enemy of civil liberties?
Am I your enemy because I tell you the Truth?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman