According to Breitbart.com, Britain's largest Islamic "charity" intends to launch a new advertising campaign in order to "break down barriers" and portray Islam in a positive light. The campaign will adorn the sides of "hundreds" of buses in London, among other cities, with the phrase "glory to Allah."
Islamic Relief claims that the advertising is aimed at raising donations for its Ramadan aid to Syria. Apparently, Muslims reading the ads are told that they should donate to Islamic Relief if they want to" gather the rewards of Ramadan." Many outsiders, however, are skeptical, as the organization has previously had its accounts with HSBC Banks closed over "concerns that cash for aid could end up with terrorist groups abroad."
The iconic British buses were chosen for their high visibility and will be utilized in U.K. cities with large- and growing- Muslim populations, such as London, Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham, and Bradford, the Sunday Times of London reports. Imran Madden, director of Islamic Relief's United Kingdom Branch, stated: "We want to change for the better the perception of Islam. The bus campaign is about breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions."
The announcement of this new campaign to "re-brand" Islam came just one day after London elected its first Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan, a co-incidence Islamic Relief called a "nice irony."
The buses, sporting the phrase "Subhan' Allah," or "Glory to God," may be met with "raised eyebrows" according to the Times. Breitbart claims the phrase is supremacist in nature and "is in the same tradition as 'Allah hu Akbar,' which rather than meaning 'God is Great' actually means '[Our] God (Allah) is greater [than yours].'"
Raised eyebrows? That's it? Christians are being slaughtered across the Middle East and North Africa. Pro-Christian messages aren't allowed there, and any Christian attempting to openly practice their faith in these countries, let alone tout its superiority will likely be killed. Christian groups in Britain- and the West in general- have routinely been denied in their efforts to get their message into the public square, whether on buses, in films, on campus...or wherever, and now... this? Incredible.
Are these buses not public transportation? Should taxpayers be funding this? What happened to the concept of separation of church and state? What happened to the West?