The always colorful U.S. Rep. Peter King from The Island isn’t too happy about the MTA’s plans to put ads in the subways this Ramadan from a national Muslim group.
The group, the Islamic Circle of North America, wants to run “educational” ads during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that starts Sept. 1.
But King is antsy because Siraj Wahhaj, the imam of a Brooklyn mosque and a supporter of the ad campaign, was a character witness for Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind cleric who was convicted for overseeing the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Wahhaj says he spoke for Abdel-Rahman in the context of “what we knew about him before the incident.”
NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has offered some support for the ad campaign, drawing applause from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
King noted that the ads would be up on the anniversary of 9/11.
The Islamic Circle of North America says this about it ad campaign:
Due to the presence of much negativity and Islamophobia, the general public has the daunting task of sifting through uninformed and biased sources before they can find reliable outlets. We are providing an opportunity to anyone who has questions to have them answered by informed Muslims.