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Of films and fear
Last week's controversy over the NYPD's showing of the documentary "The Third Jihad," which I narrated, has brought horrendous distortion of the film and my body of work against radical Islam. It seems obvious that The New York Times, and in its wake the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg, is buying into blatant inaccuracies peddled by the Council on American-Islamic Relations — a group named in federal testimony as linked to the terrorist organization Hamas and one to which the FBI has broken off all ties.
Let's start with the Times' most outright error: As evidence for the charge that "The Third Jihad" paints most American Muslims as extremists, it reported that the film (that is, me, narrating it) says, "This is the true agenda of Islam in America." In fact, it says, "This document shows the true agenda of much of Muslim leadership here in America."
More, the film opens with the text: "This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are radical."
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