Statement of Rev. Welton Gaddy On the Distribution of the Anti-Muslim Film “Obsession” in Newspapers

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ari Geller, West End Strategy Team, 202-776-7700, Ari@westendstrategy.com

September 17, 2008

Washington, DC – The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of the Interfaith Alliance released the following statement today in response to the distribution of the anti-Muslim film, “Obsession” in newspapers across the country:

“The Interfaith Alliance is profoundly disturbed to hear that 28 million copies of the three-year old film “Obsession” are being distributed via special advertising inserts into newspapers through September. The film’s targeted distribution is focused on presidential battleground states, and the sponsor, the Clarion Fund a non-profit 501(c)(3), offers no public information on their sources of funding, board of directors, or membership.

“We firmly believe that everyone has a right to an opinion. But when a cynical attempt is made to influence our nation’s presidential election by stoking fear of one religious group we believe the media along with public officials, such as the Federal Election Commission, must establish who is trying to influence our politics through religious bigotry. And, if these individuals are indeed propagating Islamophobia to influence our election, we should establish this well before, not after, the election.”

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