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Anti-Islamic Documentary Distributed Free in Newspapers

If a DVD titled Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West has fallen out of your newspaper, it's not because print media has given up on people reading. You can thank, or blame, the Clarion Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to exposing the "threat of radical Islam," which has placed the DVDs in ad sections of swing-state newspapers.

Obsession is a documentary that compares Islam to Nazism, citing similarities in hate speech, paranoia, and us-against-them mentality. Very few newspapers have refused the DVD and its accompanying ad revenue. Those that have placed it in their pages — like the New York Times — have justified it by saying that it would violate sponsors’ right to free speech if they were to reject it.

While the Clarion Fund takes credit for distributing the DVD, it does not admit to paying for it. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), saying the Clarion Fund has tried to influence the presidential election and violated its status as a tax-exempt nonprofit.

On air at Democracy Now!, Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesperson for CAIR, questioned the Clarion Fund's motives. To see what he had to say,

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It’s a tremendous campaign. It’s unbelievable in its magnitude. We’re talking 28 million households, plus mailings, plus automated phone that are going to people in these swing states, saying, "We just sent you a DVD. Watch it and remember it when you go into the voting booth." So it’s obvious they were trying to influence the presidential election by sending to only key swing states around the country.

And we still don’t know who’s behind this. The Clarion Fund, that claimed to distribute this, is really just a virtual organization. It appears to be a front for a group based in Israel called Aish HaTorah. They share — they shared offices, they shared personnel, and they’re refusing to say who is paying for this, that’s got to be a minimum $50 million campaign.

Do you think the Clarion Fund is trying to promote awareness for what it believes, or is there something more sinister going on?

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bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
Agreeded Ginger "Real American" "Small Towns" etc are some of the "breeding grounds" for domestic terrorist.
Ginger Ginger 7 years
Far cry from a film people will only see if they go to the theater and spend money on a ticket vs. free movie delivered to the home of every subscriber in a swing state. And prncssanne, I wouldn't rule out Utah as a potential terrorist location. Just today a man from there was sentenced for failing to report that his cousin possessed the biological toxin ricin. Although the article didn't mention anything about being Muslim, so I guess they don't meet the Clarion Fund's criteria for risk and danger.
zeze zeze 7 years
Gotcha Haus...
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I'm not saying its the same level as the W movie. But the fact is that this kind of stuff always comes out before an election. People always used film to sway votes, so its not surprising to me. The only thing that is surprising to me is the ability of make this so widely distributed.
Ginger Ginger 7 years
Ironically Hitler used the fairly new medium (at the time) of talking film to spread his propaganda. New century, new medium, new scapegoat, but same old scare tactics and hate mongering. Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists" so the pinheads who go off on tangents half informed won't need the distinction that she was referring to Ayers. A lot of the right wing news has been saying that Obama is a Muslim all this time, even though he's not. I've talked to drones brain washed by it first hand.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Hope2be, there have been a lot of unsubstantiated and false accusations that Obama is secretly a Muslim terrorist lover.
hope2be hope2be 7 years
I don't know what to say about this since I've not watched it, but I'm confused how this is an attempt to sway an election. I mean, stories about radical Islam aren't exactly encouraging voters to vote..one way or another, but that's just me, I just don't see how this is going to sway a voter to vote for a candidate and not other. I don't think both Obama and McCain have anything to do with radical Islam...right? Unless I'm missing something on CNN or MSNBC or Foxnews. The only allegations made that I was made aware of were by some people at McCain's rally, but that's just it, those people were being ignorant.
zeze zeze 7 years
One woman on CNN said it perfectly, a white christian woman, she said that knowing the newspapers, she doubts they would not have refused to send out this DVD had it been anti-black propaganda by the KKK or anti-semitic messages by Nazi groups and she thought it was sick that because it dealt with Islam newspapers thought it was okay. And this is noooooooothing like W. being released!
prncssann1 prncssann1 7 years
Has anyone actually watched this? I live in Utah so I'm sure they figured there was no need to send one to my house :). I'm just curious as to how accurate the information in the DVD is. Are they telling the truth or making false claims? Distributing false information is always a bad thing, no matter what the issue is. But if the information is true then I think they have every right to make it known.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I'm betting most people won't watch it... who even reads the junk mail?? let alone unwrap it, put it in your DVD player and watch it for 20 minutes or however long it is.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Well the movie W was pushed out before an election, so its the same basic principle. People always try to sway others before an election. Doesn't mean anyone actually has to watch this garbage.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
I really like the timing of all this -- during a Presidential race -- why didn't this come out years ago -- me thinks someone's got an agenda!
liliblu liliblu 7 years
I read about this over the weekend. It's twisted and sad.
b1uebunn b1uebunn 7 years
I got one in the mail--gross. I don't understand why they sent it to me. I make tons of liberal contributions, etc. Makes no sense!
stephley stephley 7 years
I'd like to think doing the right thing. My very conservative brother lives in Northern Virginia and I know he and his daughter would speak out against things like the Obama stickers being handed out.
ceej ceej 7 years
Have you seen this? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/20/muslim-mccain-fans-confro_n_136203.html distancing themselves, doing the right thing or totally staged?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
I guess we just cannot live without making someone or something the goat. This so divisive and prejudice. The DVD may claim to be about radical Islam but many Americans seem to equate any variation of Islam as radical Islam due to lack of understanding. This is very sad to me. :-(
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
:ponder:
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
and not a political tactic I mean.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
If this DVD was truly about radical Muslims and a political tactic then this DVD would have been released in 2001/2002 and it wouldn't have accompanying robo calls specifically stating to remember the DVD while voting. I'm wondering what specifically are we suppose to be remembering in the voting both??( don't answer that)
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
i believe its on YouTube though if anyone actually wants to watch it...
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
I hope in the upcoming weeks there are DVD's about Radical Mormons, Radical Christians, and Radical Jews too. Don't get me wrong there are some radical Islamic people with fundamentalist views, however to keep "harping" on this is turning this situation into the profiling of all Muslims as questionable. I mean after The Oklahoma City bombing why didn't we see DVD's being distributed about Radical Caucasian men, why haven't any of the past white candidates for presidency been associated with any domestic terrorist I mean they have similar names, and they are of similar ethnic backgrounds so they all are terrorist right???
em1282 em1282 7 years
If you're going to be so bold with your hatred, don't you think you should own up to it 100% and accept responsibility for it? Unbelivable.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I actually got this but I threw it away. I was too scared to watch it!
stephley stephley 7 years
Ah no, we've given Josh a headache!
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