The Muslim Public Affairs Council today sent a letter to Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, who serves as a campaign adviser to Rudy Giuliani, calling on him to cease subjecting his employees to blatantly anti-Muslim propaganda.
Last week, MPAC learned that McCollum sent an email to his employees requiring them to attend one of three screenings of a controversial video called “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” in the State Senate Building. In the email, McCollum says the screening is intended to help employees “better understand the threat that we face as a nation and society.”
The film in question is a product of terrorism expert Steve Emerson, who to his credit warned that the United States needed to deal with Al Qaeda long before that idea became fashionable in the circles that run this country. Obsession has been the subject of previous controversy in the land of oranges and idiots, when a University of Florida administrator tried to college Republicans to apologize for showing it.
Showing a film that undoubtedly casts Islam in a negative light on a campus, where ideas of all sorts should be open to debate and mockery, is one thing. Compelling state employees to watch it at taxpayers' expense when they should be, I dunno, doing their jobs, is another thing entirely.
For the sake of balance, here's an approving take from when-it's-convenient-libertarian talk radio host Neal Boortz, whose ratings will skyrocket on the day Attorney General Edwards forces federal employees to watch Wingnuts: Fundamentalist Christianity's War on Your Freedom to Choose.