SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- A clever street art activist in San Francisco transformed anti-Islam banners on the back and sides of Muni buses into action-packed messages of love.
The controversial ads, which equate Islam with Nazism, were plastered over with pictures of Kamala Khan, Marvel’s first Muslim character, as well as new taglines railing against the posters’ hateful message.
“Calling all bigotry busters,” one newly-modified sign reads. Another declares, “Free speech isn’t a license to spread hate.”
Kahn, a shape-shifting New Jersey teenager who comes from a traditional Pakistani family, debuted for Marvel in 2013.
Fifty of the banners went up on the side of buses in San Francisco on Jan. 9, featuring an image of Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini, a 20th Century Palestinian Muslim leader who opposed Zionism.
The posters originally read, “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s In The Quran.”
But on Sunday, Facebook group Street Cred – Advertising for the People added several photos of the newly altered ads to its page.
The bottom of the posters that once read, “Stop the hate. End all aid to Islamic countries,” now says “Stop the hate to Islamic countries” — thanks to three strategically placed hearts.
The city has been through rounds debate over earlier anti-Islam ads purchased by the far-right organization.
City leaders, including the mayor, district attorney and board of supervisors have condemned the messages as racist and Islamophobic, but concede that they are protected by freedom of speech.
Muni has opted to send the money generated from the purchases to the city’s Human Rights Commission.