Sun News capitulates to the Islamic shame honor culture. Helping girls in mortal danger is "racist." Please note that in this front page article, they never contacted me for comment.
Edmonton Sun, October 30, 2013, p. 3
Dishonourable ads pulled
Targeted Islamic faith
From page 1 City of Edmonton bus ads depicting Muslim women as victims — and suggesting families of the faith practise honour killings — have been yanked by Edmonton Transit officials.
One of the offending ads is seen on the side of a city Transit bus before it was swiftly removed.
The ad, paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islam of America, asks Muslim women: “Is your family threatening you? Is there a Fatwa on Your Head?”
A smaller line above the questions and below a photo of seven young women, some wearing hijabs, says: “Muslim Girls Honor (sp.) Killed by Their Families.”
Complaints about the ads — there were a total of five, each worth $500 — prompted Coun. Amarjeet Sohi to order officials to take down the signs, immediately.
Sohi said he was “deeply disappointed” when he first found out about the signs “that don’t belong on city property.”
“These ad targeted one particular group,” said Sohi.
“Honour killings is a very serious concern in every community and we need to speak up against it, but targeting one particular group, and singling out one particular group, does not help resolve it.
“The organizations behind these ads are known for antiIslamic rhetoric. They always look for opportunities to demean and degrade people of Islamic faith.”
Cheryl Oxford, a city spokeswoman, says workers took down the five bus ads Tuesday morning “immediately” after receiving a “handful of complaints” on Monday.
“(The complaints) warranted us to pull the ads and request further review by the Advertising Standards Canada,” said Oxford.
The city signed a contract with Pattison Outdoor, which is responsible for approving and selling advertising on city buses and LRT, added Oxford.
Scott Gibb, an Edmonton sales director with Pattison Outdoor, says each ad needs the identities of “those who are paying for the ads,” along with having a “point of contact” for people identified on the ad.
A “process” in how ads are reviewed is underway, said Gibb, adding that the U.S.based groups paid $500 for each sign. That review will also determine whether or not a refund will be made, he said.
“In light of this incident we are going to re-evaluate,” said Gibb.
Zeb Qureshi, a 32-year-old transit user, was relieved after hearing city staff pulled the ads. He was one of those who filed a complaint with the city. “I was really surprised to see the ads here,” said Qureshi, adding such hateful antiIslamic messages are usually found in the United States. “I was shocked — that was my initial reaction. It’s nice to know city officials have your back and that they are willing to take down ads that are hateful.”
Sohi says “mistakes were made” when the “unacceptable” ads were first posted.
“I would speak out against any discriminatory message against any particular group,” said Sohi.
“Targeting one particular group is unacceptable.”