The brouhaha over pro-Israel ads I placed on buses in San Francisco and counter-jihad ads I put in train stations in towns just north of New York City just keeps getting larger. Some people just can't stand it when others tell the truth.
On Friday, I received an e-mail from Peter Swiderski, mayor of the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, saying: "I wanted to share with you what our Board of Trustees sent to the entire village tonight." What the mayor wanted to "share" was a statement about our billboard that states: "19,250 Islamic attacks since 9/11: It's not Islamophobia, it's Islamorealism."
"While the Board respects everyone's right to free speech," they wrote, "we categorically condemn the bigotry and innuendo expressed by this billboard message. To tar a faith and its followers because of the actions of a few is deplorable, hateful and morally repugnant." But actually, the Board is reading the idea that "all Muslims" support jihad terror attacks into my ad. That is nowhere in my message. They are the Islamophobes and racists, not I.