In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOEING, BELL HELICOPTER ASKED TO PULL ‘MOSQUE ATTACK’ AD
Magazine ad shows U.S. special forces rappelling onto mosque roof
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/30/2005) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on aerospace giants Boeing Co. and Bell Helicopter Textron to pull a print advertisement depicting U.S. troops attacking a mosque.
The ad for the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, published in the September 24 issue of National Journal magazine, depicts soldiers rappelling onto the roof of a building, labeled “Muhammad Mosque” in Arabic. The building has a dome, crescent moon and minaret, all common features of a mosque.
To view the ad, go to: http://www.cair.com/mosqueattackad.pdf
Headlines on the ad read: “It descends from the heavens. Ironically it unleashes hell.” Ad copy states: “The CV-22 delivers Special Forces to insertion points never thought possible.”
In a letter to Textron Chairman Lewis B. Campbell, Boeing Company President James A. Bell and Bell Helicopter Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Redenbaugh, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote:
“[The ad] clearly portrays special forces assaulting a mosque, a structure dedicated to civilian worship purposes. This gives the impression that ‘the insertion points never thought possible’ are Islamic places of worship. . .This advertisement reflects poorly on Bell Helicopter, Textron and Boeing, and offers a questionable picture of your companies’ collective opinion of Islam and Muslims.”
Awad asked the companies to withdraw the advertisement and conduct an investigation into how it was approved for publication.
Both Boeing and Bell have extensive interests in the Muslim world. To view an article outlining Boeing’s interests in the Middle East, go to: http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers/archive/2004/december/mainfeature.html
Bell Helicopter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron. To view an article showing Bell Helicopter’s interests in the Middle East, go to: http://investor.textron.com/newsroom/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=156288
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