Star Tribune: December 15, 2009
Hoping to encourage interfaith dialogue, an Islamic organization will unveil a pair of billboards in Minneapolis this week.
The Minnesota chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America plans to unveil the billboards Friday, the eve of the Islamic New Year.
The billboards will be placed along Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis and Central Avenue on the North Side.
They are part of a nationwide multimedia campaign that also includes placing posters on buses and subways in other big cities.
The billboards will display a toll-free telephone number where people can get answers to questions about Islam, as well as obtain free copies of the Qur’an and other Islamic literature.
“Got Questions? Get Answers,” the billboard states.
In a prepared statement, the campaign’s organizers are quoted as saying, “Islam is often a misunderstood religion, leading some to hold bias views of Islam with discrimination and suspicion of Muslims. This ad campaign will provide an opportunity for the people of Twin Cities to take a fresh and positive look at Islam.”
BOB VON STERNBERG