Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Film exposing radical islam protested by Muslim group.

Canada: The Manitoba film board, police don't view it as hate propaganda.

The screening of a controversial film about Islamic extremists will go ahead in Winnipeg Monday night, despite concerns raised by local Muslims. Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West premieres in Canada at the IMAX theatre in Winnipeg's Portage Place mall. Local Jewish groups are sponsoring the film, which is sold out Monday and Tuesday night. Members of Winnipeg's Muslim community have filed a formal complaint about the film with the city police hate crimes unit. "I want the police to identify this as hate propaganda," said Shahina Siddiqui, president of the Islamic Social Services Association Inc. Canada. "I want them to be aware who the sponsors are and what they are doing." Police say they have reviewed the matter and don't believe the film constitutes hate speech. The film has been reviewed by the Manitoba Film Classification Board, a provincial body responsible for rating films. The board gave it a rating of 14A — requiring adult accompaniment for children under age 14 — with warnings for violence and disturbing content. Jeremy Feuer, with the Winnipeg Zionist Initiative, one of the film's sponsors, says they plan to go ahead with the premiere despite the complaints, although they have hired police. "The only thing that's been changed is there's just going to be a police presence, which wasn't initially planned but that was brought on by the suggestion that there's the possibility of a protest," Feuer told CBC News. Feuer said he was surprised at the opposition to the film. "The film's been reviewed and the opinion we've received is that it does not promote hatred. In fact, I believe it does quite the opposite. It exposes hatred," he said. We've been quite clear in all of our promotional materials and it will be made clear tonight that again, the film is not, and we are not, anti-Islam."
Knee-jerk reaction to every single thing that comes down the pike with complaints filed only serve to damage Muslim's reputations. You disagree, argue against it as best you can, but labeling it hate speech only serves to give critics ammo against you. Not that these groups who are supposedly representing Muslims ever listen to that advice.

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