Mass-mailed DVD on ‘Radical Islam’ Upsets Florida Muslims

Miami: The mass mailing of a controversial DVD “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” has sparked anger among South Florida Muslims who say it maligns their faith and fuels hysteria ahead of the fast-approaching presidential vote in the United States.
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. Promoted by Clarion Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to “educating the public about national security threats”, it features scenes of children reciting jihadi slogans, interspersed with footage of Nazi youths.
 “I think it’s very irresponsible of the newspapers themselves to disseminate such propaganda,” said Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations. “It’s fuelling hysteria.”
Ali said the video began circulating more than a year ago, and he questioned the timing of the mass distribution just weeks before the November 4 presidential election.
The Clarion Fund did not respond to phone calls seeking comment on Tuesday.



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