Muslim group asks IRS to look at Obsession DVDs

"Anti-Muslim" film distributed as newspaper insert
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has urged the IRS to investigate the distribution of more than 20 million “anti-Muslim” DVDs to see if the distributor, the Clarion Fund, has violated its tax-exempt status.

The producers of the film, Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, say it will “change the way you look at the world.” It was delivered to homes as a newspaper insert.

“Independent observers have suggested that the distribution of the DVD was an obvious attempt by the Clarion Fund to participate in campaign activities and intervene in the 2008 presidential election,” CAIR said.

The film was distributed after the Labor Day start of the general election season, and 95 percent of the papers that carried the DVD were in swing states. CAIR has asked the IRS to strip the Clarion Fund of its tax-exempt status if it finds evidence of wrongdoing.


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