Media for Christ, Led By Anti-Muslim Agitator Joseph Nasralla, Produced Incendiary Film
According to the New York Times, the Press-Telegram of Long Beach, California, and MercuryNews.com in Silicon Valley, the production organization that received the permit for the movie now known as “Innocence of Muslims” is Media for Christ. Media for Christ (website offline at posting) was founded and is led by Joseph Nasralla Abdelmasih, an Egyptian Coptic Christian who has been promoted by many of the country’s most vocal anti-Muslim agitators.
Nasralla has spoken at rallies organized by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer (hugging Nasralla in photo at right) and has partnered in projects with Steve Klein and Gary Cass, including the 911 Defend Our Students Campaign. Cass is founder of the Christian Anti-Defamation Coalition, an anti-gay and anti-Muslim organization that includes a who’s who of Religious Right luminaries on its advisory board. Media for Christ includes a production house for “The Way,” a Christian satellite television program in English and Arabic launched in 2010.
The Press-Telegram reported the following,
“Media for Christ, which has its administrative offices south of the 210 Freeway in Duarte, took out a film permit for the production, according to City Manager Darrell George.
…It was filmed in Santa Clarita,” George said. He said he obtained the information from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.”
It is important to note, as stated in the Wall Street Journal, that Media for Christ and Joseph Nasralla does not represent Egypt’s Coptic Christians.
“The views espoused by The Way TV and Media for Christ appear to be far from the norm among Egyptian Christians, known as Copts—a mainstream group of Christians with moderate views similar to those of other major Christian religions. The Coptic Church, like the Greek Orthodox Church, has its own hierarchy and leadership.”
If the information from the Press-Telegram and other sources is correct, and Media for Christ produced the movie, then it is a product emerging from the heart of the Islamophobia industry in America.
The video embedded below is from the Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller-sponsored 911 Freedom Rally in 2011 and posted by Geller’s Atlas Shrugged. Spencer introduces Nasralla as “coming from California, where he operates The Way, a Christian satellite TV station.”
Nasralla and the Islamophobia Industry
Nasralla (also spelled Nassralla) participated in the 2010 anti-mosque rally at Ground Zero, also sponsored by Geller and Spencer, and received media coverage because of an incident at the event. The crowd surrounded Nasralla and another Egyptian speaker mistaking them as Muslims.
Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of David Horowitz’s Freedom Center. Spencer and Geller founded Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), an affiliate of Stop Islamization of Europe and a project of their American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). The AFDI is the sponsor of anti-Muslim advertisements on buses in Manhattan and San Francisco. Spencer and Geller describe their inflammatory activism as being “pro-Israel,” although they have no doubt alienated many supporters of Israel. Sources, including a 2011 Slate article, counted the references to Geller, Spencer, and their collaborators in the writings of Norway’s mass killer Anders Breivik, and found them cited over 250 times.
Read more at source: talk2action.org
A very interesting piece, and ties together some of the big names in the professional Islamophobia industry, including some truly frightening individuals, such as Steve Klein, who is hopefully being watched by the FBI.