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U.S. car dealership draws criticism for flip 'jihad' ad
Associated Press ^ | 09/25/06

Posted on 09/25/2006 8:51:52 AM PDT by presidio9

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A car dealership's tongue-in-cheek radio advertisement declaring "a jihad on the automotive market," will not be changed, the company said, despite drawing sharp criticism that the ad's content is offensive to Muslims.

Several stations rejected the spot from Dennis Mitsubishi, which boasts that sales representatives wearing "burqas" - the head-to-toe traditional dress for some Islamic women - will sell vehicles that can "comfortably seat 12 jihadists in the back."

Jihad is a holy war waged by Muslims in defence of Islam.

"We firmly believe the ad does not in any way disrespect any religion or culture, but we feel, I guess, that maybe poking a little fun at radical extremists is fair game," dealership president Keith Dennis said on Saturday. "It was our intention to craft something around some of the buzzwords of the day and give everyone a good chuckle and be a little bit of a tension reliever."

While Dennis defended the ad as a harmless attempt to bring levity to a serious situation, the Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called it disrespectful.

"Using that as a promotional pitch when so many are dying from the criminal activity of suicide bombers, that's not funny," chapter president Asma Mobin-Uddin said. "I don't think it's appropriate when it causes real pain. It exploits or promotes misunderstanding in terms already misunderstood or misused."

In the ad, Dennis talks about "launching a jihad on the automotive market."

"Our prices are lower than the evil-doers' every day. Just ask the Pope!" the ad says. "Friday is fatwa Friday, with free rubber swords for the kiddies."

A fatwa is a religious edict.

Some radio stations are balking at the dealership's attempt to poke fun at extremists.

"With no disrespect to their creativity or their desire to build business, everything we're about is promoting the values of diversity. To air things of that sort would go against our mission statement," said Jeff Wilson, general manager of three Radio One stations in Columbus.

The dealership claims nothing in the ad is intended to promote a negative stereotype of Islam. A group that previewed the ad didn't raise any objections, although no one from the group was Muslim, Dennis said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: Ohio; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushsfault; diversitytraining; dontoffendterrorists; gallowshumor; niggardly; pc; politicalcorrectness; politicallycorrect; politicalreeducation; waronterror; waronterrorism; whiningwahabbists; wot

1 posted on 09/25/2006 8:51:53 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

During the first Gulf War there were tv ads with "The Mother of All Sales" and statements like "That's not Saddam (so damn) good...".

More cheese and whine from the language police.


2 posted on 09/25/2006 8:53:34 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: presidio9

well, let's hope the home office isn't attacked.


3 posted on 09/25/2006 8:54:00 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...peace is the result of victory...")
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To: presidio9

"...will sell vehicles that can "comfortably seat 12 jihadists in the back."

I do think he's setting himself up for a lawsuit if a group of terrorists DOES buy one of his vans. Tongue and cheek or not, he'd have to defend his involvement after making that statement.


4 posted on 09/25/2006 8:54:58 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: presidio9

Muslims are offended by everything even remotely refering to the 'religion' by the infidel.


5 posted on 09/25/2006 8:56:17 AM PDT by Leg Olam ("There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them." Louis Armstrong)
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To: weegee

Actually, the jihadis prefer trucks. In this country they usually rent them from Ryder. They rarely return them.

6 posted on 09/25/2006 8:56:45 AM PDT by presidio9 (Make Mohammed's day: Shoot a nun in the back.)
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To: presidio9
"...so many are dying from the criminal activity of suicide bombers, that's not funny," chapter president Asma Mobin-Uddin

And whose f'n fault is that, Asma? Not the car dealership's.

7 posted on 09/25/2006 8:57:42 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Lee Heggy123

"Our prices are lower than the evil-doers' every day. Just ask the Pope!"

Waiting for the media to ask some Catholics if they are outraged. Waiting... waiting...

Could someone get back to me if the media bothers to ask some OTHER demographic?


8 posted on 09/25/2006 8:57:51 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: nutmeg

bump for later


9 posted on 09/25/2006 8:58:21 AM PDT by nutmeg (National security trumps everything else.)
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To: presidio9

"Why buy? That's a bad return on your investment? Rent or lease. Come on down..."


10 posted on 09/25/2006 8:58:48 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: weegee
That's not Saddam (so damn) good...

Ya just made me wonder... whaddaya suppose she would have to say about all this...

...and why has she been silent on the subject?

11 posted on 09/25/2006 8:58:56 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...peace is the result of victory...")
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To: presidio9
At least Fred Ricart wasn't singing....those car commercials were awful in Columbus....



12 posted on 09/25/2006 9:01:31 AM PDT by Clifford The Big Red Dog (Woof!)
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To: presidio9

"Jihad is a holy war waged by Muslims in defence of Islam." ????


I thought it was more often offensive .... too aggressively pursue expansion and coversion for the "faith"


14 posted on 09/25/2006 9:02:37 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: TonyRo76

15 posted on 09/25/2006 9:03:48 AM PDT by presidio9 (Make Mohammed's day: Shoot a nun in the back.)
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To: presidio9
"Our prices are lower than the evil-doers' every day. Just ask the Pope!" the ad says. "Friday is fatwa Friday, with free rubber swords for the kiddies."

LOL .... this reminds me of Robin Williams' skit about Colonel Qudaffi's chain of chicken stores

colonel Qudaffi's Bomb in the Bucket ... come on down ... kids get a grenade !!!

16 posted on 09/25/2006 9:04:58 AM PDT by Centurion2000 ("Be polite and courteous, but have a plan to KILL everybody you meet.")
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To: NYer

ping


17 posted on 09/25/2006 9:05:58 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: TonyRo76

There are only two radio stations I listen to in Columbus anyway...

1460 for Buckeye games and 107.1 for music....

that's about it...the rest of them suck.


18 posted on 09/25/2006 9:05:59 AM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: presidio9

"3 out of 4 infidels can't be wrong!"


19 posted on 09/25/2006 9:06:03 AM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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I hope the dealer sells a crapload of cars.


20 posted on 09/25/2006 9:06:04 AM PDT by Idaho Whacko
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To: presidio9

HEY, EVERYBODY! COME ON DOWN!

21 posted on 09/25/2006 9:20:18 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Aside from abortion, perversion, sedition and corruption, what do the Democrats stand for?)
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To: presidio9
Jihad is a holy war waged by Muslims in defence of Islam.

Spoken like a true Dhimmi.

Funny how the pantywaists get so wound up if we offend the illusory "Arab street," but the jihadis can say whatever they want without fear of repercussion.

Pardon my Farsi, but screw that noise.


22 posted on 09/25/2006 9:46:09 AM PDT by Prime Choice (True Conservatives don't vote for Liberals just because they have an 'R' by their name.)
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To: presidio9
The dealership had better watch out. I bet according to John McCain this is going to be considered degrading treatment to his terrorist buddies. He will want a stop to it immediately.
24 posted on 09/25/2006 10:13:04 AM PDT by John D
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To: presidio9

Just follow it up with a "Bush Lied, People Died" sale and all will be good.


25 posted on 09/25/2006 10:15:22 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: TonyRo76

nah I don't do country :)

When I lift weights I do the heavy metal stuff and it just kinda stuck....


26 posted on 09/25/2006 10:23:32 AM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: TonyRo76

yep and the Blitz continually plays the same 5 songs so they were eliminated long before :)


28 posted on 09/25/2006 10:45:04 AM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: Lee Heggy123
Muslims are offended by everything even remotely refering to the 'religion' by the infidel.

For a bunch whose whackier members delight in blowing themselves up killing innocent women and children and beheading people on TV, they're awfully sensitive and whiney.

29 posted on 09/25/2006 1:26:47 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: presidio9
Muslim rage attack du jour.
30 posted on 09/25/2006 6:49:45 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: presidio9
Jihad is a holy war waged by Muslims in defence of Islam.

Jihad is a holy war waged by Muslims in defence of to violently spread Islam.

There....fixed it....

the media is just pathetic...

31 posted on 09/25/2006 6:54:42 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (STEVE KING /JOHN BOLTON FOR '08...Ann picks King...I pick Bolton!)
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