Clarion Fund, the non-profit anti-Muslim group which created Obsession and Third Jihad, claims that its “educational” efforts to make the world aware of the menace of radical Islam are non-partisan. It has to do so to maintain its 501c3. But everything this outfit does is partisan. Reader Robin McLaren notes that a Phoenix newspaper said this about a local screening of the film:
Brent Lowder, a partner in Frontline Strategies LLC, represented the nonprofit Clarion Fund, which produced the film…
The Clarion Fund describes itself as a nonpartisan organization aimed at educating Americans about national security issues, particularly about the threat of radical Islam.
So who, you ask, is Front Line Strategies (the reporter likely spelled the company name wrong), which “represented” Clarion? Take a gander at their website:
Front Line Strategies was founded by Brett Doster following his widely successful performance as Executive Director of the Bush-Cheney Re-election campaign in Florida in 2004.
Ah yes, the PR firm of the guy that brought you the Florida hanging chad debacle is now marketing Third Jihad. Nothing partisan about that.
And there’s more: Lowder himself ran Rudy Guiliani’s California presidential primary campaign. He also ran Bill Simon’s unsuccessful CA. Republican primary campaign for governor. He also once worked for former Republican governor, Pete Wilson.
Guest of honor at the Third Jihad shindig was none other than token Muslim-Republican-free marketeer-libertarian Zuhdi Jasser, who is incidentally the star attraction of the film (aside from Rudy Giuliani, who is also featured prominently). Apparently, some of his local co-religionists don’t take kindly to Jasser’s views:
Jasser is not without his detractors. In 2005, the Arizona Muslim Voice newspaper published an editorial cartoon depicting Jasser as a dog dismembering and devouring another Muslim. His views have been criticized by members of his own mosque.
I keep adding incremental pieces of evidence that point to a very strong relationship between not just Clarion and Republicans, but likely the Republican Jewish Coalition (of whom Rudy is a beloved candidate btw).