May 24, 2007
All We Are Saying Is Give "Islamists" a Chance!
Keep your knees crossed, but evidently, there is actually a deal in the works to broadcast that Frank Gaffney production, Islam vs. Islamists, on PBS:
A documentary billed as "the film PBS doesn't want you to see" will at long last get a national audience.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) announced a joint agreement yesterday to make "Islam vs. Islamists" available to the 354 Public Broadcasting Service member stations across the nation as a "stand-alone" TV program, with a little extra embellishment.
"We plan to distribute the film to any public broadcasting station that wants it. We'll package it and also produce some sort of discussion to accompany the film, and give it some context," OPB President Steve Bass told The Washington Times yesterday.
I've been looking forward to seeing this for some time now, ever since it was booted from its original slot in PBS's America at the Crossroads because it was insufficiently sensitive to the wounded feelings of Islamists and terrorists. As you might guess, Gaffney turned down many kind editing suggestions from PBS to make it more palatable to CAIR, the Nation of Islam, and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Damascus).
The often-disquieting 52-minute film explores the struggles of moderate American Muslims at the hands of their radical brethren and gives details about a "parallel" Islamist society that is slowly but surely developing within the U.S. borders. The film was produced by conservative columnist Frank Gaffney Jr., founder of the Center for Security Policy, filmmaker Martyn Burke and Middle East scholar Alex Alexiev.
No air time has been floated yet, so keep your eye skinned. Don't miss it!
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, May 24, 2007, at the time of 6:31 PM
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The following hissed in response by: ShoreMark
When I was young and stupid I sent PBS $35 and got a tote bag emblazoned with "Thirteen," (the local PBS channel), if "Thirteen" airs this film I'll consider my previous $35 well-spent for the first time since I grew up :-)
The following hissed in response by: nk
We are long-time if not consistent PBS contributors. There's a lot of worthwhile programming. Ken Burns's "histories" anyone? (Personally, I love "Arthur" and "Curious George".)
As for "Islam vs. Islamists", I might see it but not believe it. Islam is a religion which advocates, along with violence, coercion and initimidation, deception of the "infidel". It may just be very subtle propaganda -- a variant of the "good cop/bad cop".
The above hissed in response by: nk at May 25, 2007 4:35 AM
The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh
Whatever one can say about Frank Gaffney, he makes a very unlikely Moslem...!
I suspect his show is on the level.
The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh at May 25, 2007 1:05 PM
The following hissed in response by: nk
I cast no aspersions on Mr. Gaffney. I raise the specter of the duplicity of his subjects. Do you recall, after 9/11, Yassir Arafat doing a blood drive? The Saudi royal family offering 10-million dollar checks to Giuliani when they had been subsidizing, and continue to subsidize, the Wahabis?
I remember a very well-made dramatization of the Wannsee Conference (on PBS). One participant argued strenuously (to Heydrich which took a lot of courage) against the "deportation" of the part-Jewish. Another participant turned in his half-Jewish neighbor to the Gestapo because the neighbor would greet him with "Heil Hitler" which apparently was forbidden to mischlings. I suppose the first participant could be termed a "moderate" Nazi and the second a "radical" Nazi.
And that's how I view every Muslim who takes the Koran seriously. Sorry.
The above hissed in response by: nk at May 25, 2007 5:38 PM
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