The controversial posters currently on display at four D.C.-area Metro stations are sparking counter-posters, which will go up next week. The counter-posters are taking a softer approach.
Pamela Geller went to court in New York and in Washington to force both transit systems to promptly display her latest pro-Israel poster which reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
At DC's Metro station at U Street, many passers-by who read the poster frowned at its message. Shelia Simmons, a tourist from New York wanted to know, "Who is the savage? No human being should ever be called 'the savage.'"
DC resident Diane Tepfer, who made a point of telling us she is Jewish, had read about the poster. On the way to look at it, Tepfer hand-scrawled a counter-message on a piece of paper saying "All human beings are created in the image of God."
Tepfer stood with her sign for a few minutes in front of the poster, and asked a stranger to take her picture so Tepfer could post it on her facebook page.
"This message is for our children," explained Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR. Awad said the new posters are also a message, "for our community, but also for the public. To know that Islamic values are no different from Christian and Jewish values."
We read the text from the forthcoming Islamic poster to the Simmons family to get their reaction. "That's beautiful. That's really beautiful," replied Gary Simmons. "And that [sentiment] can be applied in any religion or any culture."