After work yesterday I stopped by my mailbox to discover mostly the usual- bills, junk mail, a magazine or two- as well as something rather unexpected. I had received- absolutely free- a copy of a movie named “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.”* Seriously! It looks just like this:
This film is produced and, it would seem, distributed by a non-profit called the Clarion Fund, which claims that its mission is to “…educate Americans about issues of national security.” Interestingly enough, “issues of national security” so far only seems to be double-secret code for “murderous Muslims,” given that the only other movie they have produced, or are in the process of producing, is called The Third Jihad. Oh, yeah, and their “online education” section consists of a website with the url www.radicalislam.org. Definitely not kidding:
A little investigation leads me to think that the Clarion Fund is not quite as neutral and non-partisan as they would have us believe and is, instead, most likely an arm of Aish Hatorah. For those who are unfamiliar, Aish Hatorah is a staunchly pro-Israel orthodox Jewish organization. So, basically, “Obsession” is a movie produced by a pro-Israel group portraying Muslims in an extremely unfavorable light. Play it back-to-back with an interview of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and you’ll more or less have a summary of conflict in the middle east for the last half century or so.
Now, I’m not going to say that the Clarion Fund doesn’t have the right to make whatever movies it wants. Indeed, if they want to squabble with Muslims, that’s their business. But is it too much to ask that they keep it out of my mailbox?
* Purely out of curiosity, has anyone else received one of these gems?