NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The Islamic community is speaking out after a full page Islamophobic ad ran in the Sunday edition of the Tennessean.

The ad, which featured a declaration of an impending nuclear attack in Nashville by Islam, was ordered to be pulled from any future editions by sales executives and an investigation has been launched.

The Tennessean has since apologized and reached out to the Islamic community. They told News 4 they are sick of the hate and misinformation about Islam. After seeing the ad, the Islamic community said it was very unsettling.

The ad was placed by a fringe religious group out of Arkansas. It is called the Ministry of Future for America. After the Tennessean immediately pulled the ad, the paper issued several apologies.

The VP of news also issued a statement tweeted out by a Tennessean Reporter calling the ad "horrific."

On Monday evening, an advertising manager was fired by the Tennessean and its parent company Gannett. According to the report, Gannett will donate the cost of the ad—$14,000—to the Nashville-based American Muslim Advisory Council. To read more about their announcement, click here.

“These are people who are trying to divide us,” Samar Ali, who is the President of Millions of Conversations, said about the ad.

Ali wrote an opinion column on Monday’s Tennessean.com with the headline, ‘we must fight hate and misinformation together.’

“I thought it was important to have a counter narrative that completely calls out the ad for what it is, a misinformation campaign trying to scare our city and divide us when we should be united,” Ali said.

Ali is also concerned some folks are only hearing one side of a story from groups who are loud about their hate.

“And that is very dangerous, putting our democracy at risk our community at risk and one country at risk,” Ali said.

On Tuesday, members of the Minority Caucus said they "were shocked and disappointed" by the ad.

"No matter the excuse, it is absolutely irresponsible and unacceptable. Unfortunately, this serves as yet another stark reminder of the uphill battle we must fight when it comes to intolerance in this state. We cannot stand for racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, sexism, homophobia, or discrimination in any form," the caucus said in a statement on Tuesday.

The members of the Minority Caucus said they are working with American Muslim Advisory Council and Muslim leaders "to continue to rectify this situation."

"We also call on The Tennessean to review their practices to ensure diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of the work they do. There is no room for hate, in any form, in our community," the caucus said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Tennessean said they have begun a full investigation, on how this ad made it thru their review of advertising content.

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Alan Frio is the anchor of News4's evening newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays.

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