To Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News in Dearborn, Mich., a billboard with Arabic script over the highway isn’t just a clever anti-Trump ad.
The sign, which reads from right to left, “Donald Trump, he can’t read this, but he is afraid of it,” is an invitation to get to know Dearborn's Arab-American community, the largest in the nation, and all Muslim-Americans.
“What are you afraid of Mr. Trump? People are only scared of what they don’t know,” Mr. Siblani, a Lebanese-American, tells The Christian Science Monitor in a phone interview. “If you understand what this [billboard] really means, you don’t have to be afraid. Trump doesn’t understand our community”Wrong. People can also be afraid of what they do know--i.e. that the violent jihad that threatens us today it is not an aberration of an otherwise peaceful religion but is a key tenant that's been there since the get-go and that's valid for all time.
It would be foolish and indicative of a major death wish to not be "afraid" of that.