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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Obsession with Fear and Lies

At times overtly devisive and questionable material arrives in my mailbox usually from so called non-profit organizations like Focus on the Family's monthly magazine, but toaday I recieceved Obsession an "anti-terrorism DVD" from a right-wing Israel-based group trying to help the Republican presidential candidate John McCain. This is a clear violation of campaign law, since foreign nations are not allowed to attempt to influence American elections. It is equally offensive that they did not have to pay postage for this garbage because they are using the guise of a non-profit organization. Is it a coincidence that the day Obama visits my local area this crap arrives is the mail? I do not think so.

If your recieved this tripe too please contact the Federal Election Commission and request an investigation. This kind of cowardly fear mongering needs to end.

Clarion Fund: Pro-McCain Non-profit Group Fueling Politics of Fear

Exactly who or what is the Clarion Fund?

The Clarion Fund is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization that apparently supports Senator John McCain for president. Why "apparently"? The Clarion Fund is responsible for paying newspapers around the United States to distribute an anti-Islam documentary as a supplement to their Sunday editions. The Huffington Post reports that the Clarion Fund has sent 28 million DVDs to at least 70 newspapers in swing states to place at the doorstep of newspaper subscribers. The Huffington Post also calls the Clarion Fund "shadowy," because the non-profit organization's financial backers are unknown.

The DVD is a 60-minute expose of militant Islam called "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" and is ideologically slanted toward painting Muslims as evil and bent on the destruction of the United States. It was nationally premiered on Fox News during the 2006 mid-term elections. Labeled highly divisive by many mainstream religious groups, "Obsession" shows Islam as a radically dangerous religion bent on the destruction of Western civilization, interspersing incendiary commentary with images of Nazis and suicide bombing indoctrination.

You might not agree with Senator Barack Obama's political ideology, but a point he has brought up in the past several weeks is not only relevant to this issue but a blatant truth as well. At several speeches Senator Obama has made mention of the Republican propensity to play distraction games during the campaigns and elections. Obama speaks directly to the GOP tactic of fearmongering, or the politics of fear.

It seems that Republicans have a lock on national security. Why is that? According to Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death, Democratic presidents have been just as likely to go to war or promote a military conflict as Republican presidents. So why are the Republicans seen as more hawkish?

More information in links below.

Is front group for Israeli organization trying to influence November election?

'Obsession' DVD a Well-Planned Con


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