An Irresponsible Allegation regarding that Infamous Anti-Islamic “Film”

World-renowned Iranian Muslim scholar and thinker Seyyed Hossein Nasr speaks at Brigham Young University’s Museum of Art on 6 September 2012


A noxious left-wing crackpot is asserting that Mormons (among others) are responsible for the film that has caused such trouble in the Middle East of late..


Cassandra Hedelius brought this to the attention of my friend Scott Gordon, president of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR), who brought it to mine:


I doubt that there’s much to worry about from such nonsense being spread by an obscure program coming from an obscure broadcaster.  I certainly hope not.  But this sort of thing does irritate me, because it so casually puts innocent lives in danger.


Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, a conspiracy theorist of long standing, doesn’t even gesture in the direction of actual evidence as he nonchalantly implicates a host of people he dislikes — including Mormons — in the production of the wretched, amateurish, historically bogus propaganda film The Innocence of Muslims.  (I’ve provided a brief evaluation of the film itself here.)


This is especially exasperating because the attitude of Mormons toward Muhammad and Islam has, for the nearly two centuries of our existence, been unusually positive for a group of Western Christians.


Many examples could be given to support my assertion.  For at least the moment, though, I offer as evidence my own biography, Muhammad: Prophet of God, which takes a view of the founder of Islam that is light years away from the absurd, hostile caricature in The Innocence of Muslims.  And then there’s Brigham Young University’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which certainly sends a message of respect for the Islamic world.


More importantly, there are a number of very positive remarks about Muhammad and Islam that have come from Church leaders and appeared in its official magazines.  There is no actual evidence to suggest a Mormon connection to the dreadful Innocence of Muslims film — certainly Dr. Tarpley mentions none — and the charge is extremely implausible on its face.


I’ll give more specific references and evidence should this idiotic claim gain any traction.  In the meantime, I’m hoping, and cautiously expecting, that it won’t.


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  • Jeffrey Thayne

    This is especially ironic, since the person who did create the film also creates anti-Mormon websites.

    • danpeterson

      Yes. And I meant to mention that. Maybe I’ll get to it tonight.

  • H_Nu

    Apparently, the actors in the movie didn’t know it was anti-Muslim, but instead was a fictional work later dubbed to be anti-Muslim…

  • logitech appears to be the Iranian equivalent of RT.