ACTION ALERT FROM FAITH VOICES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
The Oregonian circulated the "Obsession" DVD this Sunday as a paid advertisement. Write to protest their action and ask them to print an op-ed denouncing it as hate speech.
A video, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," resembles an educational DVD, but it is actually an anti-Muslim propaganda tool wielding fear and hatred. The Clarion Fund is circulating millions of copies of this DVD to newspapers across the country, especially in swing states. Its national release appears timed to influence the election.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Greensboro News & Record, the Detroit Free Press and the Cincinnati Enquirer took a moral stand by refusing to distribute this unbalanced, politically motivated DVD. Let them know you appreciate their principled stand. Write to your local papers to stop distribution of this DVD.
Religious leaders of many faiths, civic leaders, and many peace-loving people are deeply offended by the timing of the DVD's release only a few days prior to Eid-ul-Fitr, the end of holy month of Ramadan, when Muslim will gather in a public arena-and also within days of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
In addition to inflaming passions in order to influence votes, the film's release also exploits the strong emotions associated with the seventh anniversary of September 11, 2001. An in-depth summary and analysis of the DVD can be found at The American Muslim (TAM) website.
HOW TO CONTACT THE OREGONIAN
Publisher Fred A. Stickel
1320 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
Editor in Chief: Sandy Rowe
Editorial Page Editor: Robert Caldwell
Here's what I wrote to the paper:
I was deeply disappointed in your decision to distribute a blatantly anti-Muslim DVD as paid advertising. Other papers declined to accept payment and in doing do helped to stop the spread of anti-Muslim sentiment. Your decision to accept payment and distribute the DVD in the name of "free speech" is offensive. If the DVD had been a diatribe against Christians or Jews, I suspect The Oregonian would have declined the opportunity to profit. This will be remembered as a dark chapter in The Oregonian's history.
The Rev. Chuck Currie
I hope that you'll take a moment to write as well.