Hate DVDs spread anti-Islam message in Florida

Middle east Online – Hate DVDs spread anti-Islam message in Florida

The mass mailing of a controversial DVD “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” has sparked anger among many in South Florida.

The hour-long video began turning up in mailboxes last week as a direct mailing, and also as an advertising insert in dozens of newspapers, including The Miami Herald and the South-Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The DVD is promoted by Clarion Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to “educating the public about national security threats.”

South Florida Muslims say it maligns their faith and fuels hysteria ahead of the fast-approaching US presidential vote.

…The Huffington Post reported that the Clarion Fund plans to reach 28 million households with the video in all, targeting viewers in potentially critical battleground states such as Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

…Ali also said he worried viewers might attribute legitimacy to the film because it was packaged with their city newspaper. He said his phone had been ringing off the hook with complaints, often from newspaper readers who planned to cancel their subscriptions.

An article at the DAVD group’s site was said to have all but endorsed John McCain this past week before being pulled down.

…The DVD claims to show the “parallels between the Nazi movement of World War II, the radicals of today, and the Western world’s response to both threats.”

Ironically, critics noted the DVD actually incites sentiments against Muslims similar to the sentiments the Nazis had incited against the Jews.

The film’s re-distribution comes at a time of rising Islamophobia.

Muslim workers walk off job at Neb. Swift plant

9News – Muslim workers walk off job at Neb. Swift plant

About 500 Swift workers, all Muslim and mostly of Somali background, walked off the job Monday afternoon at the plant in Grand Island, Nebraska. The workers said they have been unable to pray during their holiest month, Ramadan, which occurs in September this year.

A Colorado-based spokeswoman for JBS Swift says workers who walked off the job at a Nebraska packing plant in a dispute over Muslim prayer time have not been fired.

Swift says 101 workers at its Greeley plant were fired last week for walking out before their shifts ended Sept. 5.

Christian Films Target Radical Islam, Porn

ChristianityTodayMovies- Christian Films Target Radical Islam, Porn

…Two more movies geared toward Christian audiences are opening this season. Obsession and Somebody’s Daughter are being marketed directly to church groups and evangelical audiences, though apart from that, the two movies don’t have all that much in common.

Obsession, which releases this week, is about the threat of radical Islam. Said to be an “insider’s view,” the film employs footage directly from Arab TV, and examines the hateful teachings of Muslim terrorist groups and the threat they post to Western culture. Released by Pure Flix, the movie is available on DVD this week, and can also be viewed online for a small fee. The trailer is available at the official website, and Pure Flix is offering promotional screenings for churches and additional resources for pastors.

The movie, which has been showcased on CNN and Fox News, is also scheduled to appear on various Christian TV stations.

Life getting harder for American Muslims

LexingtonHerald-Leader – Life getting harder for American Muslims

It’s been seven years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and many young American Muslims are convinced that much of American society views them with growing hostility.

…A 2007 Zogby poll discovered that 76 percent of young Arab-Americans report experiencing discrimination. A CNN poll from the same year found that 53 percent of Americans believe conflict between Islam and Christianity is “inevitable,” up from 45 percent in 2003.

These hardening attitudes affect the job opportunities of American Muslims. One study from 2004 sent out 6,000 fictitious resumes — all similarly qualified but with different, ethnically identifiable names — to employers across California.

The worst name to have? Abdul-Aziz Mansour. It’s not surprising, then, that earnings of Arab and Muslim men have declined relative to the general population since 2001.

And profiling continues to be a problem. The Justice Department is seeking to enshrine its practice in national security investigations, allowing the FBI to invade the privacy of Americans and open cases against people without the benefit of evidence or probable cause. Such a policy would disproportionately affect the Arab- and Muslim-American communities, but we should all be concerned.

Muslims turn to bus ads in Seattle to create awareness about Islam

The Seattle Times – Muslims turn to bus ads in Seattle to create awareness about Islam

The ads, scheduled to run until November, were designed by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and direct people to a toll-free number and Web site sponsored by the group. ICNA is a New York-based nonprofit that seeks to educate people about Islam and has 22 U.S. chapters in the U.S.

“We feel often Muslims don’t have a voice,” said Aijazi, one of about six people who helped coordinate the local effort to get the ads onto the outside of six Metro buses and the inside of about 25. About 10 local Muslims contributed to the nearly $5,000 campaign.

…A 2007 poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life showed that 58 percent of Americans surveyed said they knew little or nothing about Islam — a figure that’s changed little since 2001.

And Americans’ attitude toward Muslims and Islam appears to have gotten slightly more negative in recent years. The same Pew poll showed that 43 percent of those surveyed had a favorable opinion of Muslims, down from 48 percent in 2004.

“I don’t think the ads will change anybody’s mind,” said Aijazi, the Bellevue software developer. “People will have whatever feelings they’ll have about the issue. But at least they’ll talk about it.”