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Muslim Group Supports NYPD Showing "Anti-Islam" Film to Cops

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The New York City Police Department is getting support from an unlikely source for showing its officers a film that some say is anti-Islam -- from a Muslim group.

Last week it was confirmed that the NYPD screened a documentary called "The Third Jihad" for 1,500 detectives and officers. The film deals with, among other things, how to battle Islamic extremists. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also briefly appears in it.

The decision to show the film has been roundly criticized, from the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to The New York Times to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who said, "Somebody exercised some terrible judgment. I don’t know who. We’ll find out."

But now the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) said the department did the right thing by showing officers the film. AIFD's president and founder Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser said in a news release:

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"The American Islamic Forum for Democracy unequivocally supports the efforts of the New York Police Department and its Commissioner Raymond Kelly to fight the insidious ideology of militant Islamism. The NYPD has been an international leader in this fight and has paid a heavy price for being at the forefront of the ideological war that must be waged...

"This week's attacks on the NYPD and now Chief Kelly are yet another example of the depths of deception that groups such as CAIR are willing to go in order to suppress any criticism of the organization...

"The editorial board and reporter Michael Powell of The New York Times should be ashamed of themselves. They have abandoned any journalistic standards in their factless regurgitation of the CAIR mantra. The New York Times seems to care little about genuine Muslim diversity or addressing the root causes of terrorism...

"The Third Jihad is not anti-Islam or anti-Muslim. If it were I would not have been a part of it."