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D.C. Interfaith Group: Proceeds from "Defeat Jihad" Sign Should be Donated

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  • Shoulder to Shoulder, a coalition of prominent D.C.-area Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith groups, are calling on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to donate all the money it received to post ads porportedly calling Muslims savages to charity.

    “By redirecting funds meant to espouse hate to this important effort,” the group's letter reads, “you will effectively counter the growth of discrimination in Washington, D.C., a nationwide reality that American Muslims experience all too often.”

    The controversial ads sponsored by American Freedom Defense Initiative Executive Director Pamela Geller caused an uproar when it was first displayed in 10 New York subway stations.

    Muneer Awad of the Council of American-Islamic Relations argued the advertisements "promote bigotry in New York."

    "They're not only anti-Muslim, they're offensive to a large number of people, especially people who know the history of the word 'savages,'" Awad told NBC News.

    The ads are now visble at three D.C. metro stations : Glenmont, Takoma and Woodley Park – Zoo/Adams Morgan.

    Shoulder to Shoulder has countered with an ad of its own that calls hate speech "uncivilized." The infaith group wants the proceeds from its signs as well as Geller's signs donated to charity.

    It is unclear how much either group paid for the D.C. ads.

    Shoulder to Shoulder has launched a petition for D.C.-area residents to urge for donated ad proceeds. As of Monday morning, the petition has already garnered nearly 300 signatures.