Some Muslim students at The Ohio State University said on Wednesday that they were shocked and hurt by an advertisement that was published in the student newspaper this week.
The advertisement, paid for by the California-based David Horowitz Freedom Center, linked nine former Muslim Student Association members on campuses across the country to terrorism.
“It was just shocking to me at first to read it,” Muslim Student Association member Hafsa Kahn said.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center, which paid about $500 for the ad, labels itself as a defender of free societies under attack by leftist and Islamic enemies, 10TV’s Josh Poland reported.
“Our newspaper editors are intimidated by these leftist groups,” Horowitz said. “They don’t want to be attacked themselves as racists.”
Lantern officials told 10TV News that they ran the ad because it did not violate the paper’s advertising policy standards, which states that the paper reserves the right to reject advertising that denigrates, individuals, groups or organizations based on several facts, including race, gender, nationality, ethnicity and religion.
The Muslim Student Association said that The Lantern “has a legal right to print such an advertisement, but has an ethical responsibility to reject hate speech,” Poland reported.
The MSA also said that the ad brought people together in dialogue, Poland reported.
Horowitz said that he planned to run another ad in The Lantern to respond to the attacks and planned to run similar ads at every university in the country that has an MSA.
Lantern officials said that they make decisions on each advertisement based on their advertising policy.
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