Group Puts Up Trump-esque Campaign Sign To Educate People About Islam

Group Puts Up Trump-esque Campaign Sign To Educate People About Islam

September 6, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


AT FIRST GLANCE THIS BILLBOARD LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER ADD SPORTING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN SLOGAN. BUT IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY HE’S USING THE CATCH PHRASE TO SEND A DIFFERENT MESSAGE. THE ISLAMIC CIRCLE OF NORTH AMERICA HAD IT PUT UP NEAR I- 95. THE ADVOCACY GROUP IS HIGHLIGHTING THE ROLE MUSLIMS HAVE PLAYED IN MAKING AMERICA GREAT WITH LOVE, COMPASSION, AND MERCY. THE BILLBOARD HERE IS A PART OF A STATEWIDE EFFORT BY MUSLIM GROUPS. THEY ARE HOPING TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST NEGATIVE PERCEPTIONS OF THEIR FAITH STEMMING FROM RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORIST GROUPS SUCH AS ISIS. IN SOME CASES THE PRESIDENT’S RHETORIC. THOSE FROM THE SISTER STATION IN TAMPA SPOKE TO SOME OF THE MUSLIM LEADERS BEHIND THE EFFORT. Reporter: THIS MAY LOOK LIKE A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN SIGN. WHEN YOU DRIVE BY QUICKLY IT LOOKS LIKE A DONALD TRUMP’S SIGN. Reporter: BUT THIS BILLBOARD WASN’T PURCHASED BY THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN OR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, BUT INSTEAD THE ISLAMIC COMMUNITY OF TAMPA. MAKING AMERICA GREAT DOESN’T MEAN WE HAVE TO BE ALL THE SAME, NO, IT’S THE DIVERSITY THAT MAKES US SO GREAT. Reporter: IDA MACKET IS ON THE COUNCIL. ONE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS HELPING TO SPONSOR THE SITE. THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER AND WHYISLAM.ORG WEBSITE IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO CONVERT PEOPLE TO ISLAM, BUT A SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS. ISIS IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO ISLAM. THIS IS ONE WAY MUSLIMS CAN ACTUALLY SHOW WHAT TRUE ISLAM IS. Reporter: A NEWLY RELEASED REPORT SHOWS BETWEEN 2014 AND 2016 A 500% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF HATE CRIMES AGAINST MUSLIMS. THERE IS A LOT OF FEAR WITH ALL THE TERRORISM THAT’S GONE ON. BUT AT THE SAME TIME THERE ARE GOOD MUSLIM PEOPLE ALSO. Reporter: THIS LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER ADMITS HE FIRST HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE BILLBOARD WAS ABOUT, BUT NOW HE IS IN SUPPORT OF THE MESSAGE. IS I DO SEE THE IDEA OF TRYING TO CUT DOWN ON THE FEAR THE PEOPLE HAVE. LIKE I SAID THEY COULD DO SOMETHING TO CUT DOWN ON VIOLENCE, ABSOLUTELY. THAT IS BO ZIMMER REPORTING. THE GROUP BEHIND THEM SAYS THEY