Howard Gordon Withdraws Endorsement of “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West”

Sheila Musaji

Posted Oct 5, 2008      •Permalink      • Printer-Friendly Version
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Howard Gordon Withdraws Endorsement of “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West”

by Sheila Musaji

According to a press release from the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Gordon, who is the executive producer of Fox’s drama “24”,  released a statement in which he said:

“After being contacted by a number of people whose opinions I respect and after reviewing Obsession with their criticisms and concerns in mind, I have asked the film makers to remove my endorsement from the Obsession website and from any future promotional materials. While I remain committed to the film’s essential message—that the hate-mongering promoted by radical Islamism presents a real threat to western values of tolerance and pluralism—I also appreciate that the goal of co-existence and tolerance is not being served by films like Obsession.”

It seems that many individuals and organizations are re-thinking their involvement with this project.  Just days after CAIR asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Internaal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the distribution of the DVDs and whether it was intended to influence the election, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) said that they were backing out of “the Obsession project”. 

Dr. Khaleel Mohammed, a Muslim interviewee for “Obsession,” now calls the production a “vile piece of propaganda.” In a statement sent to the website, Dr. Mohammed said: “Sadly, it would seem that I have allowed myself to be used.”  And, in a follow up statement responded to those criticizing his statement.

Resources for Responding to “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War With the West” DVD Mass Distribution to 28 million Americans. 
Who is behind Relentless, Obsession and The Third Jihad? for a background on those responsible for the production, mass distribution, and promotion of the film. 
In-Depth Summary & Analysis of “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War on the West” for a point by point discussion of the film.
What You Can Do to respond to Obsession.