The Clarion Fund is a radical neo-con conspiratorial group whose main basis of ideological teachings is centered on the politics of fear. It is interesting to note that this group is actually a Zionist based organization embedded in the attempt to justify one form of state sponsored terrorism (Israeli foreign policy) and demonize the defense mechanism logically instituted by the recipients of state sponsored terrorism by labelling it “radical Islam”. They are responsible for the extremists interpretations that are represented in the website radicalislam.org.
According to Clarion Fund’s incorporation papers, it is based at the same address as Aish Hatorah, a pro-Israel organization. The three founders of The Clarion Fund are or were full-time employees of Aish HaTorah. Raphael Shore, the leader of The Clarion Fund is also a full-time employee of Aish HaTorah. The Clarion Fund has collaborated with pro-Israel media watch organization HonestReporting in the production of its films. HonestReporting originally was a project of Aish Hatorah.
In September 2008, the group gained attention by distributing, with the aid of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, free copies of the film Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, produced and co-written by Shore, by mail and in newspaper supplements. The Fund has reportedly sent 28 million DVDs to at least 70 newspapers in swing states to place at the doorstep of newspaper subscribers.
Critics have criticized the Clarion Fund’s distribution of Obsession, objecting to scenes of Muslim children being encouraged to become suicide bombers as misleadingly portraying Islam as a threatening religion bent on the destruction of Western civilization.
Supporters of the film disagree with this characterization, calling it “required viewing” and noting that it been a selection at several film festivals, where it has won jury prizes.
The movie starts with a disclaimer: “This is a film about radical Islamic terror. A dangerous ideology, fueled by religious hatred. It’s important to remember most Muslims are peaceful and do not support terror. This is not a film about them. This is a film about a radical worldview, and the threat it poses to us all, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.”
In September 2008, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate the Clarion Fund’s DVD distribution claiming that it was an attempt to influence the 2008 US presidential election. As evidence of inappropriate political bias on the part of The Clarion Fund, AP cited Patriot News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania reporting “that a Clarion Fund Web site ran a pro-McCain article before it attracted notice and was taken down.”
We have found a most excellent site detailing the extremities involved in this radical antagonists of Islam alliance which can be found here http://www.obsessionwithhate.com/index.php. What is most interesting is the following information below regardin the overall accuracy and credibility of this radical extremist organization bent on the promotion of social upheaval in the Muslim world by nurturing radical foreign policy.
In an exclusive statement for obsessionwithhate.com, Dr. Khaleel Mohammed, the only Obsession interviewee who is an Islamic Studies Professor, delivers a new lethal blow to the film’s credibility, exposing what many already knew:
“Sadly, it would seem that I have allowed myself to be used. I gave an interview to the makers of “obsession” wherein I explained the meaning of Jihad, and its misuse by extremists. I understood that the film would be used objectively, focusing on fanatics who seek to spread violence. I am aware that there is a disclaimer at the beginning of the film that says it is not about Islam in general, but only about extremist interpretations.
“But the material from some of the speakers gives the lie to the disclaimer: many of them are not experts, or have used the mantle of academic qualifications to purvey hate. That their alarmist drivel should be mixed with my whittled down interview proves that the intent of the film is not to educate, but to mislead. The free distribution of the film to voters in particular districts shows the political chicanery that is the motive, and the secrecy about the financing of the distribution only underlines the evil intent in circulating this vile piece of propaganda.
“Evidence seems to indicate the involvement of Aish ha-Torah in this dishonest enterprise. I find that particularly distressing, because any Jewish organization ought to realize what the film seeks to do: they demonize an entire community to the point where a government takes action to further beleaguer its citizens and resident aliens simply because of their religious identity. This bigotry over religion and identity is precisely what caused the Shoah — and it is sad that those who ought to have learned what hate can engender should seek to imitate Nazi propagandism.
“Yet — for all the nefarious intent of the distributors of the film — I must also accept culpability for allowing myself to be so used. I still oppose many of the traditional interpretations of Islam—but that has nothing to do with the film Obsession. I cannot stand by silently and allow my participation in such satanic demonization of innocents. I apologize to my fellow Muslims for appearing in such a film. I apologize to my Jewish teachers and friends– who have warned me time and again about falling into such a situation—for not heeding their counsel. And I expect now that those who support the film will make me their target. But again: I am no diplomat, and I love a good fight. I am obsessed with the truth. Let’s get it on. “
We here at al-Mustaqeem Publications will bring forth some observations of critical and at times diabological errors with regards to the content of radicalislam.org God Willing.