No Mosques Here

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No Mosques Here

Background Information
It is a simple sign of a mosque with a slash through it, carried by a large group of people who might be protesters.
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This is propaganda because
This photo was published July 9th, 2015 in Albawaba News. The caption read, "Members of several European right-wing parties pose with signs, after the presentation of their organization of "Cities against Islamization" in Antwerp. (AFP/Jorge Dirkx)"

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    S Booth
    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 01:38
    S Booth
    This is promoting an idea that all Muslims are bad. Categorizing all people into one group like this is extremely dangerous.
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    SMPutnam
    Sun, 11/22/2015 - 08:13
    SMPutnam
    I agree that there's a definite difference between "Islamization" (or at least, what critics of Islam describe when they talk about Islamization) and the simple presence of mosques within a city. If freedom of religion is the law of the land, surely Muslims have as much right to built their holy buildings as do any other religion. That said, there's so little actual information here that I don't think it'd doing much to sway anyone's opinion. I see these kinds of signs as a way for like-minded people - in this case, Islamophobes - to identify themselves and each other. I don't deny the power of symbols, especially ones borne from a place of hate. But I also don't think that a "mosque with a slash through it" is particularly beneficial or harmful.
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    Candice Zamora
    Sun, 11/22/2015 - 09:25
    Candice Zamora
    I can't imagine what the benefits of isolating and excluding an entire population within your country might be. Trying to ban Islam is going to contribute to whatever problems these countries are already experiencing.
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    Jingling Hu
    Sun, 11/22/2015 - 10:44
    Jingling Hu
    This sign is not very clear, people cannot recognize what the image is. And the meaning of the sign is too exclusive.
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    Zachary J. Davis
    Sun, 11/22/2015 - 11:35
    Zachary J. Davis
    This example portrays men in business attire, giving the impression that they are either political figures, or business executives with power. They hold signs that seem to be telling the audience they should ban Middle Eastern individuals and their faith. And in a way, those towers look like missiles.
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    lola
    Sun, 11/22/2015 - 13:20
    lola
    I found this to be open to interpretation in being harmful or beneficial. It obviously is propaganda that supports a specific idea and because it appears to be political I cant determine its effectiveness as propaganda.
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    Drew Hinkle
    Sat, 12/12/2015 - 00:42
    Drew Hinkle
    i think its really rude that they don't want Islamic people to have the chance to go their type of church.
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    Sarah
    Wed, 04/20/2016 - 05:38
    Sarah
    Even though this image shows people with overall smiling expressions their signs of protest show discontent with the Islamic people. I think this is harmful to people who share Islamic beliefs and they will more likely than not be hurt by these signs.
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    Andy
    Sun, 04/24/2016 - 01:47
    Andy
    It is not immediately clear that this an anti-Islamic sentiment, but this is still a harmful example because these people clearly harbor ideas that harm Muslims.
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    willow
    Fri, 05/13/2016 - 23:22
    willow
    this is obviously propaganda because they have well dressed men and women, all of the same race. They are holding signs to ban a specific group of people, and religion.
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    GetOffMyLawn
    Thu, 11/23/2017 - 15:41
    GetOffMyLawn
    Which is the propaganda? The people protesting, which is their right, or the photography department who have managed to crop the original to leave just older white men?

    To know whether it is propaganda or not, can we see the original image, before it was cropped? Also, show us other wider shots of the crowd. Also, show us images of equivalent Islamic demonstrations so we can place this image in context. After all, we have all seen them, if not actually been caught up in them.

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