Many of Britain’s famous red double-deckers will feature special advertisements for the Muslim holiday of Ramadan in June, which makes people wonder why Christian messages have been banned in the past.
The ads will say “Subhan Allah,” which means “Glory to be God” in Arabic and will be displayed across the sides of the buses. The posters are provided by charity organization Islamic Relief, which raises money for people affected by war and disasters in other countries.
“We want to change the perception of Islam,” said Islamic Relief Director Imran Madden. “The campaign is about breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions.”
Many Brits are angry over the fact Christian advertisements have been been banned in the past. Transport for London can block advertisements linked to a “political party or political cause,” but there are no regulations for religious messages.
In 2012, a Christian charity was blocked from running an ad because it was considered homophobic. Last Christmas, Britain’s largest movie theater chains banned the Church of England from running a one-minute clip reciting the Lord’s Prayer. The chains feared that the segment would offend some visitors.
“If other religions are allowed to put their religious banners up, then so should Christians,” Ann Widdecombe, a Tory party member of parliament, told The Daily Mail.
The ads will appear in five cities with large Muslim populations starting May 23.
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