Saturday, May 2, 2009

News & Observer delivers Pro-Muslim DVD with papers today

A Muslim group paid the The News & Observer to deliver a pro-Muslim DVD to subscribers today in 3 Raleigh-area zip codes.

Wake County residents in three ZIP codes will find a DVD about Islam bundled in their issues of The News & Observer today, as Muslim residents initiate a public relations effort to counteract a controversial DVD distributed in the paper in September.

Today's DVD,"The Fog is Lifting: Islam in Brief," was produced by an Egyptian nonprofit group intent on explaining Islam to non-Muslims. It offers an orthodox defense of Islamic precepts and theology without engaging in issues such as politics or terrorism.

"If the media keeps presenting a certain stereotype, people need to see the other side," said Mona Dakrouri, an Egyptian-American living in Cary, who was trained to speak to interfaith groups by the Bridges Foundation, which produced the DVD.

In September, The News & Observer, along with 70 other newspapers nationwide, accepted as paid advertising a DVD called "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West."

That DVD, which featured scenes of Muslim children being encouraged to become suicide bombers, interspersed with those of Nazi rallies, stirred anger among Muslims locally and across the nation.

Reaction was swift and overwhelmingly negative. Locally, members of Muslim groups met with The News & Observer's publisher and executive editor.

"Reaction was overwhelmingly negative" to the Obsession DVD?? I don't think so. Sure, lefties and Muslim groups complained about the Obsession DVD last fall, but I bet the majority of people -- the overwhelming majority -- thought nothing of it and didn't complain. The N&O reporter, Yonat Shimron, is giving way too much weight to a small group of whiners.

Today's distribution includes 20,000 copies of the DVD in an orange cardboard sleeve that reads, "A gift from your neighbor." The Raleigh chapter of the Muslim American Society took on the responsibility of distributing the DVD.

Dakrouri said the group paid The News & Observer $2,400 to bundle the DVD into the Saturday paper. It will go to ZIP codes 27606, 27607 and parts of 27511. Most of the DVD's contents are also available on at, by typing in "The Fog is Lifting."
I have no complaint if a Muslim group wants to pay for the N&O to deliver their DVD; the N&O is treating this like any other paid ad. Most people will know the DVD is propaganda and won't be swayed by it -- it they watch it at all.

Via a comment at the N&O article, more info on the Muslim American Society here.

Hat tip: Stop the ACLU


Anonymous said...

The only good thing about this, is MNI shows more of its filthy true colors, and because no one subscribes to their propaganda, no one will watch it.

The only thing MNI did make sure, was that the DVD's contents didn’t tell the truth, and offend their queer readers

Anonymous said...

I am a fan of both homosexuals and free speech. So good for The N&O. Hurray for the First Amendment and paid advertising!

Anonymous said...

'Mother, They're Going To Kill Me': Outrage As Iran Executes Woman, 23, for alleged murder when she was just 17


An Amnesty International member protester demonstrates outside the Iranian Embassy in Kensington on Delara Darabi's behalf

A 23-year-old woman made a frantic phonecall to her mother begging for help before Iran authorities held a rushed execution - disregarding a stay-of-execution and allegedly without informing her lawyer.

'Mother they are going to execute me, please save me,' Delara Darabi screamed, before a prison official grabbed the phone and told her mother: 'We are going to execute your daughter and there's nothing you can do about it.'

She was just 17 when she confessed to the killing of her father's cousin, before retracting her confession, saying she had been defending her 19-year-old boyfriend

Anonymous said...

So what are you saying? The N&O is packed with homosexuals or Muslims are?

Anonymous said...

Obama Administration Stacking the Deck with Islamists

As we try to understand where the Obama administration will fall with regards to the global threat of political Islam, the first few months have provided a number of hints, not least of which was the tenor of the recent visit to Turkey.

It was painfully obvious after witnessing the length to which the Obama team went to avoid any substantive discussion on political Islam and the threat it poses to human rights abroad and domestically. Domestically, in the weeks preceding his trip, Islamists inside the Beltway began to more openly play their cards to what they obviously perceive to be a friendly administration. Groups like the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CMSA) are trying to establish themselves in a position of influence inside the White House, the House, and the Senate.

Anonymous said...

Palestinian President Rejects Israel As 'Jewish State'

TEL AVIV, Israel - Just days before he is scheduled to meet President Obama in Washington, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today declared his U.S.-backed organization will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

"Jewish state, what is that supposed to mean?" Abbas asked in a speech before student delegates of his Fatah party.

"You can call yourselves as you like, but I don't accept it, and I say so publicly," he said.

"Name yourself, it's not my business," said Abbas.

Anonymous said...

Singer Ayman Udas ‘shot by her brothers for TV sin’

A RISING musical star was allegedly shot dead by her own brothers in the city of Peshawar in Pakistan last week after she had appeared on television.

The murder of Ayman Udas, who was in her early thirties and newly married, has shocked the city’s artistic community because it symbolises a backlash against women and cultural freedom in an area that is increasingly dominated by...

...Islamic funda-mentalists.

As a singer and song writer in her native Pashto, the language of the tribal areas and the NorthWest Frontier province, Udas frequently performed on PTV, the state-run channel.

She won considerable acclaim for her songs but had become a musician in the face of bitter opposition from her family, who believed it was sinful for a woman to perform on television.

Ashamed of her growing popularity her two brothers are reported to have entered her flat last week while her husband was out and fired three bullets into her chest. Neither has been caught.

Anonymous said...

...ah the religion of peace.

Anonymous said...

Who has the responsibility to bring peace to Darfur?

The negative role played by the Arab countries, scholars, organisations and journalists during the Sudanese civil wars between the northern and southern parts of the country is a clear indication that the...

(Hear McClathchy)... Arab communities and organisations are too naïve and completely intoxicated with Arab supremacy and biasness that they can never critical analyse any ills committed by their fellow Arabs towards the indigenous black African people of the Sudan, and Darfur is no exception.

An Arab intellectual or even a professional journalist...

(Hear McClathchy)...

for that matter is bound to and will thus do everything it takes to report on the Israel versus Palestinians conflict.

All of them... (Hear McClathchy)... without exception can talk about the humanitarian situations in Gaza,

BUT no more than a hand full will ever come openly to talk for Darfuris who though not Arabs...

(Hear McClathchy)... by race but are still 100% Muslims...


When al Bashir was issued the arrest warrant over war crimes and crimes against humanity that he committed in Darfur, the Arab world in its entirety ...

(Hear McClathchy)... condemned the warrant and called it racial and colonially motivated. If this ever reflects anything at all, it only shows the world how racist...(Hear McClathchy)... Arabs indeed are.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...


"'Men, do you know what you are pledging yourselves to in swearing allegiance to this man?'

'Yes. In swearing allegiance to him we are pledging to wage war against all mankind.'"


"When Allah gave permission to his Apostles to fight, the second Aqaba contained conditions involving war which were not in the first act of submission. Now they bound themselves to war against all mankind for Allah and His Apostle. He promised us a reward in Paradise for faithful service.

We pledged ourselves to war in complete obedience to Muhammad no matter how evil the circumstances."

Anonymous said...

When the Lord thy god hath delivered (a City) into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the sword: but the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the Lord thy God hath given thee. Thou shalt save nothing alive that breatheth; but thou shalt utterly destroy them. Deut. 20:13,14 and Deut. 20:16,17

And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then shalt thou bring her home to thine house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father a full month; and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will. Deut. 21:11-14

Happy shall he be who taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. Psalms 137:9