[image, right: Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih, whose nonprofit Media For Christ produced [see 1, 2, 3] the inflammatory anti-Muhammad video trailer “Innocence of the Muslims”, and anti-Islamic activist Pamela Geller, whose popular blog Atlas Shrugs published, in February 2012, a financial solicitation for an anti-Muhammad movie]
Yesterday, while compiling evidence for a report demonstrating conclusively that the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Media For Christ was the most significant force behind the production of the anti-Islamic trailer video “Innocence of the Muslims” which, after being posted on Youtube, has helped incite riots throughout the Islamic world, I came upon the following February 12, 2012 post, on the website of Atlas Shrugs – the blog of Pamela Geller, the anti-Islamic activist who cofounded the group Stop Islamization of Nations and helped incite andorganize the nationally-notorious June 6, 2010 protest against the building of a mosque in lower Manhattan (one of the speakers at the protest was Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih, head of Media For Christ.)
Titled “A Movie about Muhammad: An Idea whose Time Has Come”, the Geller post contained a solicitation for funding for a movie about Muhammad.
Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs post introduced the financial solicitation with, “Ali Sina, renowned ex-Muslim author, founder of FaithFreedom.org and SION Board member, has a brilliant idea, aplan, to educate and liberate those enslaved by the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth, but he needs our help” [see footnote for background on Ali Sina, including his comparisons of Barack Obama to Hitler]. Then followed Ali Sina’s solicitation:
“A Movie about Muhammad: An Idea whose Time Has Come.…We need to get our message to the masses.
Masses watch movies. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the worth of a motion picture? We need to make a motion picture about Muhammad – a biopic that reveals the details of his life…
The movie shows Muhammad’s raids, plunders, massacres, rapes, assassinations and other crimes. A small subtitle in the lower right corner of each scene will give reference to the source of the story… Truth about Muhammad is more shocking than fiction.
The world does not know Islam. What is known is a watered down and euphemized version of it that has no bases in reality. The truth is that Muhammad was a cult leader, much like Jim Jones, Shoko Asahara and Charles Manson…
The other good news is that I have been promised a substantial angel financing. I have been daydreaming about this movie for ten years. It was this promise that prompted me into action. I put everything aside for five months, read everything I could about my protagonist, selected the most salient episodes and wrote the script.
I am not thinking of a high budget movie, but given the subject matter, it can become one of the most seen motion pictures ever. (Recall Danish cartoons?)…
I don’t think this movie will require much investment on promotion…
Just as the Internet allowed us to spread our message to millions of people, with this movie we can spread the same message to hundreds of millions. When the world discovers the truth about Muhammad, Islam’s days will be numbered…
…given the controversy and the buzz that such a movie will necessarily generate, and the fact that it is an untold and fascinating story about the most influential man in history, I can foresee a huge return on the investment. When I know about the budget and the legalities are in place, I will give a chance to those who might be interested to invest in this project. In you have questions you can email me to email@example.com. In the subject box write Movie Investment.”
One day after his financial solicitation appeared on Geller’s blog, Ali Sina gave an interview, about his “planned Muhammad bopic”, with the European Citizen Times.
Of course this does not prove that the anti-Muhammad movie Ali Sina solicited financing for in early 2012 was the same anti-Muhammad movie that was posted on the Internet, on Youtube, in July 2012. The actual production, the filming of, footage that became “Innocence of the Muslims” occurred six months prior to Ali Sina’s solicitation for funds for an anti-Muhammad movie.
But at the very least, we know that the idea of such a movie was circulating in the closely-connected anti-Islamic activist circles that Geller, Spencer, and Abdelmasih were moving in. And we also know that Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who had been directly connected to founder and head of Media For Christ Joseph Nasrallah Abdelmasih since mid-2010 or earlier, were publicly promoting, in early 2012, exactly the sort of anti-Muhammad movie project that Abdelmasih and his operatives would soon bring to fruition, with deadly results.
- Scholars slam anti-Islam film, warn against un-Islamic protests (worldbulletin.net)
- Video: Pamela Geller on Fox and Friends, Islamic Supremacists in an uproar (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- EDL Uses Express and Mail to Highlight Christian Complaints at SION Conference (barthsnotes.com)
- Inside the Islamophobic-Religious Right Alliance Whose Film Sparked a Crisis in the Middle East (alternet.org)
- Newsday: “Pamela Geller wins fight to post anti-Islam signs” (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Muslim Brotherhood in America: Hamas-CAIR Defames Pamela Geller on the eve of 9/11 (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Is This the Most Offensive Pro-Israel Ad in History? [Pamela Geller,] (gawker.com)
- Coptic Christian leader of organization that produced anti-Muslim film spoke at Pamela Geller’s anti-mosque rally (mondoweiss.net)
- ‘THE INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS’ Vs THE GUILT OF EXTREMISM (desertpeace.wordpress.com)
- Fox Hosts Pamela Geller To Claim Obama “Is Submitting The United States To” Sharia Blasphemy Laws (mediamatters.org)