The Clarion Fund released its newest documentary film, The Third Jihad, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this week. The film is igniting discussion about radical Islam in America.
Clarion's first documentary film, the award-winning Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, communicates the global threat posed by the radical elements of Islam. The Third Jihad shifts the focus to the growth of radical Islam on American soil via "Cultural Jihad," the use of the democratic system to transform the American way of life from within to a society governed by Sharia Law (Islamic religious law).
"Clarion Fund recognizes the propagation of radical Islam and the promulgation of Sharia Law within our borders as a clear and present crisis affecting the Muslim American community and the American public at large," said Peter Connors, executive director of Clarion. "Our educational tools and media properties will serve as a platform for the American public - including Muslims - to embrace Western liberties and speak out in a meaningful way to silence radical elements in our midst."
Among these tools is RadicalIslam.org, the foundation of Clarion's grassroots movement. The user-friendly website was developed to spread awareness about the threat of radical Islam in America as well as to provide practical response tools. For the launch of the film, the site has been redesigned to include up-to-the-minute updates from major news sources as well as social media-driven networking capabilities.
"We are focused on educating the American public about this eminent threat to their rights and freedoms, with the goal of bringing ‘Creeping Sharia' to a screeching halt," explained Raphael Shore, producer of both The Third Jihad and Obsession and the founder of Clarion. "We want to expose the true intent of radical Islam in order to secure the future of the American public at large, including its Muslim community."
Several American Muslim groups were invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Dr. Jasser, but they reportedly "declined the invitation.” Among those organizations to decline was the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
"We invited CAIR and they said they wanted nothing to do with this film," said Connors. "CAIR's response is unfortunate, as The Clarion Fund believes that the only way to address this issue is to discuss it openly and honestly with those who agree with us and those who disagree. Then, based on that education, the American public can decide for itself."
The Third Jihad, which is narrated by devout Muslim American Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, centers on the FBI discovery of a Grand Jihad Manifesto calling for the destruction of the U.S. and the establishment of a radical Islamist theocracy in its place.
The film features interviews with experts on radical Islam and American security specialists, including leading expert professor Bernard Lewis, as well as a first-hand account from a former terrorist. All those interviewed agree that the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in America is a societal reality that cannot be ignored.
Though a shortened version of The Third Jihad has spread virally on the Internet since the beginning of the year, the Washington, D.C. screening is serves as the official launch of the feature-length version of the film.