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ADL Applauds Colorado Muslim Society Bus Ads

From left to right:  Rabbi Joe Black (ADL Board Member and Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel); Jeremy Shaver (Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance of Colorado); and Imam Karim Abuzaid (Imam of Colorado Muslim Society)
From left to right: Rabbi Joe Black (ADL Board Member and Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel); Jeremy Shaver (Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance of Colorado); and Imam Karim Abuzaid (Imam of Colorado Muslim Society)

Denver, CO, December 24, 2012 … Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Regional Director Scott Levin joined Imam Karim Abuzaid (Imam of Colorado Muslim Society), Rabbi Joe Black (ADL Board Member and Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel), Qusair Mohamedbhai (Colorado Muslim Society General Counsel) and Jeremy Shaver (Interfaith Alliance of Colorado Executive Director) to support the launch of advertisements on Regional Transportation District buses that say “Love Thy Neighbor.”

The advertisements, paid for by the Colorado Muslim Society, are in response to anti-Islamic ads that appeared on RTD buses in November 2012.  ADL condemned those ads as offensive and inflammatory.  ADL and the Colorado Muslim Society have worked together since then to counter the hateful message of those ads.

We appreciate the efforts of the Colorado Muslim Society to reach out to the Denver community with a message of peace and friendship,” said Levin.  “We hope these advertisements will help dispel the offensive stereotypes about Islam that were spread by last month’s ads.  We are proud to stand with our Muslim, Jewish and Christian friends to promote the spirit of community.”

Imam Abuzaid, Rabbi Black and Mr. Shaver pointed out that the concept of love for one’s neighbors is a part of each of their faith traditions and is a very important message in light of the recent tragedies in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut.

The “Love Thy Neighbor” ads will run on ten buses in the Denver metropolitan area throughout the holiday season.

 

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The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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