"Of course I have mixed feelings about [the anti-Islam ads posted in NYC subways.] You know, it’s disgusting. It’s despicable. I have to laugh, as well. You know, the use of the word ‘savage’ is just so like classically colonialist and everything, that she [American Freedom Defense Initiative head Pamela Geller] really does a lot more harm to her cause than good. Really, us being out here, just being, you know, public and proud of our faith and our people and our city, we’re trying to unify rather than divide, to replace ignorance with information, because the war is not between the civilized and the savage, the war is between ignorance and understanding, it’s between beauty and ugliness. And we’re trying to be on the right side of that."
Cyrus McGoldrick of the Council on American-Islamic Relation