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Rep. West to screen controversial film on ‘Ground Zero mosque’

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By Jordy Yager – 08/02/11 11:22 AM ET

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is planning to screen a controversial film on Capitol Hill about attempts to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero in Manhattan.

The film, “Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mosque,” was produced by the conservative Christian Action Network (CAN) and has begun to garner criticism from such groups as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The 45-minute film is largely focused around a series of interviews conducted with survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and members of their family. The interviews, according to CAN’s website, delve into the feelings they experienced last summer when a group proposed building an Islamic center blocks away from where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

Efforts to build the Islamic center, which was set to include a swimming pool and a mosque among other amenities, were the focus of nearly every news agency last summer and brought a slew of politically charged arguments from members of Congress.

CAN attempted to get permission to show the film in New York City parks over the week leading up to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but it was denied out of concern for the content.

According to CAN’s website, West plans to host the event during the week Congress returns from recess, on Sept. 8 in the Rayburn House Office Building.

This will not be the first time a controversial film about Muslims has been shown on Capitol Hill. In 2009, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) hosted the controversial Dutch filmmaker Geert Wilders and showed his movie, “Fitna,” which many Muslims have designated anti-Islamic. Following an anti-screening campaign by the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, no members of Congress reportedly showed up to watch the film.

West came under fire last year for commenting during a conference that terrorists were fulfilling mandates laid out by the Quran.

A spokeswoman for West did not immediately return a request for comment.

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  1. I think a petition to call Rep. West to apologize for stereotyping Muslims is in order and it can be set up at Change.org. I’ll be the first to sign, but would the Editor of Americans Against Islamophobia or someone be willing to draft the petition? We could submit this to the Majority Whip of the Congress to call for his censure for spreading hatred.

  2. Wait a minute here. The film is a documentary of interviews of families of 9/11 survivors and their families. The subject is the building of the Mosque. These people may not like the Mosque they may say some terrible things, however, that does not mean it should be banned. What these people say is relevant, even if it is not pleasant to listen to. Now if the film refuses to interview or show comments by survivors who are pro mosque then that would be a good reason to not show the film. People have strong feelings over the issue even if they are not anti Muslim in the overall sense of the word. If enough people do not like something and they feel very strongly about it I believe it is important for us to know that. If I was going to start interfaith dialog and present my religion in a good light I would not start off by building in a spot that will anger and produce strong negative feelings in a large number of people.

    I have a question: Would you object to a film that showed the building of the Mosque in a celebratory way? With interviews from people who talked about how much good the Mosque could do for New York.

  3. […] over this in New York, the rest of us are being affected by it.” He is also being criticized by Americans Against Islamophobia and the Southern Poverty Law […]

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