Annmarie Fertoli, Associate Producer, WNYC News
Annmarie Fertoli is an Associate Producer at WNYC, working with the afternoon news team to produce All Things Considered.
There's a new message in Times Square. It's a scrolling, 15-second graphic that reads: 'Muslims for Love, Loyalty and Peace.' It also features pictures of a dove, an American flag and a peace sign. And it's in rotation on an electronic billboard on 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th avenues, from six o'clock in the morning to midnight now through January 17.
The electronic billboard is part of the Muslims for Peace Campaign, sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Nushrat Qadir said her group wants to clear up misconceptions about Islam -- for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
"I really would hope that people will remember and keep in mind that Islam is a religion of peace, its teachings are of peace and that's what it means, and that a few extremists do not represent all of us," she said.
Qadir is also urging Muslims of all Islamic sects to join the campaign. "It takes more than just simply stating, 'I denounce terrorism,'" she said. "You've got to do more. You've got to educate your youth, you've got to reach out to your community. You've got to go to all people and areas, and make sure that they have the proper understanding and teachings of Islam."
The group is also handing out brochures and promoting dialogue about Islam on the streets of Times Square.