Anti-Muslims Idolize Innocence Filmmaker

One calls Nakoula Basseley Nakoula 'a political prisoner'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2012 5:30 PM CDT
America's Anti-Muslims Idolize Innocence Filmmaker
This courtroom sketch shows Nakoula Basseley Nakoula talking with his attorney Steven Seiden, left, in court Thursday Sept. 27, 2012.    (AP Photo/Mona Shafer Edwards)

To America's anti-Muslim bloggers, the director of Innocence of Muslims is more of a cult hero than a criminal, Wired reports. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula "is a political prisoner," writes one, who argues that recent Arab protests are designed "to intimidate the US into criminalizing criticism of Islam." Another wants to be arrested because "I am thinking of making a movie about Muhammed"; he goes on to call Jews who vote for President Obama "''useful idiots' beyond anything ever conceived by Lenin."

Not all of them are typing away in basements, either. Investors' Business Daily recently seethed that "Americans might as well be living under Islamic blasphemy laws," and a California-based broadcaster called Media for Christ has welcomed guests who slam the Muslim religion (sample here). While Wired agrees that there is a good First Amendment argument against President Obama's handling of Innocence, America's anti-Islamist movement goes much further—arguing that Muhammed is "a pedophile and a murderer" and that we should "get rid of Islam." Click for the full article. (Read more anti-Muslim film stories.)

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