Florida billboard reading ‘Islam Bloody Islam’ sparks worldwide outrage and a petition to have it removed
- A billboard reading ‘Islam Bloody Islam’ appeared over a Florida highway
- The sign was paid for by a private individual not an organization or church
- People across the globe have expressed their disgust with the sign
- A petition to have it removed has earned nearly 2,300 signatures
By Kalhan Rosenblatt For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:05, 11 April 2016 |
A billboard in St. Augustine, Florida, that criticizes Islam is causing international outrage.
The words ‘Islam Bloody Islam’ are written in a red, tattered font on a black background across the 14-foot high sign.
Written in in white below the red words the billboard reads: ‘Doomed by its doctrine’.
The statement has become a source of ire for those who have to look at it every day as well as those across the globe.
One neighbor, who lives just feet away from the sign, on highway A1A and Seashore Avenue, told CBS 47 he thought it was inappropriate.
A billboard reading ‘Islam Bloody Islam. Doomed by its doctrine’ appeared above a St Augustine, Florida, highway. The sign has caused outrage worldwide.
Another said: ‘Politics, religion that kind of thing – people can get pretty heated about it, so I just try to leave that kind of stuff alone.’
One woman, Bonnie Rosen, drove down to see the sign for herself. It was worse than what she expected.
‘I was expecting a small five-by-three homemade sign.
‘This is horrifying because this tells me that they want everyone in our whole city to read this,’ she said.
A petition, started by a woman named Becky Williams, hopes to bring the sign down.
It is also lit up at night so motorists and pedestrians can see its message at all hours. Neighbors who live around the sign have called it ‘inappropriate’.
‘We should always stand up for those in our community who are shown hatred and intolerance.
‘We should be outraged that a billboard with this message could in any way represent our community as a whole.
‘It is of the utmost importance that we stand against messages and movements that isolate, judge and threaten an entire sect of people who share our same hometown,’ the petition says.
People from the UK, India, France and Nigeria have signed the petition.
‘We are all children of God, and must be tolerant of each other, no matter what sect or belief a person or persons have,’ Richard Loftus wrote on the petition.
A petition, which has been signed by nearly 2,300 people, has earned support from people in the UK, India, France and Nigeria.
Yvonne Malik wrote: ‘Everyone has the right to opinions but not at the expense all those who are innocent. Come now HUMANITY. Global harmony starts with one person at a time.’
Some people posted in favor of the sign.
‘The sign is accurate. Wake up! There are whole nations abusing human rights, woman rights, and threatening peace in the name of a failed, uncleansed belief that shouldn’t even be considered a religion,’ one anonymous poster said.
CBS 47 contacted the owner of the advertising company that owns the billboard.
Robert Harry, Jr, of St Johns Outdoor Advertising told the station it was an individual not an organization or a church who purchased the sign.
He called it freedom of speech.
The petition has nearly 2,300 signatures.