Get Ready For A Follow-Up To The Anti-Islamic Film That Sparked Protests Around The World

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Back in September, anti-Islamic movie “The Innocence of Mulsims” set off protests across the Islamic world, possibly spurring on an attack on U.S. consulate in Libya that killed a U.S. Ambassador and three others.

Now get ready for the sequel.

Controversial U.S. pastor Terry Jones, who appeared to play a key role in promoting the “Innocence of Muslims,” is planning a follow-up movie that he hopes will create just as big of an impact.

The movie, titled “The Innocent Prophet,” is due to be released on December 14. While Jones is primarily responsible for the promotion of the film, the creator of the film is a man living in Spain called Imran Firasat. The pair described themselves as 50/50 partners on the film.

Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Florida, is perhaps best known for his plans to burn Qu’rans on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, and has become notorious for anti-Islam publicity stunts.

Business Insider reached out to Firasat to understand a little more about his background and his film. He spoke over the phone from his home in Spain, and clearly had a lot to say about Islam and his relationship to it (he answered one question with a 10-minute answer).

“Originally I’m from Pakistan. I was a Muslim. I was born as a Muslim in a Muslim country in a Muslim family in a Muslim society,” Firasat told us. A decision to move in with his Buddhist wife, however, apparently led to harassment — Firasat says he was detained by police and tortured. The couple eventually fled to Spain.

Angered by his experience, Firasat began blogging and giving interviews denouncing Islam. Before long, he says, he was getting death threats and was attacked physically. He decided to leave Spain, and, somewhat bizarrely, fled to his wife’s homeland in Indonesia, despite it being the country with the largest number of Muslims on earth. More legal trouble ensued in Indonesia, as Firasat says he was detained for blasphemy. Fearing for his life, he paid a bribe to police to escape back to Spain.

Although it could seem like Firasat has a personal vendetta against the Muslim world (he recently became somewhat notorious in the country for an attempt to ban the Qu’ran), he says that his decision to make this film was directly related to the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Libya in September. He saw the film as an act of defiance.

“I decided on the moment when I heard about the American ambassador being killed… I will make a movie.” Firasat told us. “Ok, you do violence, we will still make more movies… One day one [of us] has to lose,” he said.

Firasat is funding the movie himself, and admits he doesn’t even have the money for an “Innocence of Muslim”-type dramatized film — however crude. Instead, the film is largely done with voice-over and images, and seeks to show the “real Mohammad” that he feels Muslims around the world don’t understand.

In order to research the film, Firasat said that he read the “English Qu’ran, Spanish Qu’ran, Hindi Qu’ran, Urdu Qu’ran, [and the] Indonesian Qu’ran.” He later added that the film will be translated into English, Spanish, Urdu, Indonesian and Arabic.

“It’s not only a fifteen-minute movie, just offending Muslims, slapping their faces,” he said. “It’s an hour and fifteen minute movie. So, as you can imagine, there’s a whole story filled with [information] about his mother, about his father, about his uncle, about his suffering, that he was an orphan. Everything.”

Firasat refused to acknowledge the potential harm a film like this could cause. He said that Muslims don’t commit violence “because of movies.” “They need an excuse so they can take revenge and they can show how much [they] hate you,” he said. He added that he was not scared of threats from Muslims, but was afraid of dying.

Firasat’s partner, pastor Jones, was apparently more concerned about violence, but hoped for the best. He told us by phone that though he saw similarities between “The Innocent Prophet” and “The Innocence of Muslims,” he hoped that this film would not lead to violence and death.

“We would of course be very happy if it [“The Innocent Prophet”] would have a similar impact as far as raising an awareness of Islam,” Jones said. “We of course do not want, and would be unhappy, if radical Islam used this as an excuse to promote their violent agenda.”

True to his reputation, Jones seems keen for the film to get widespread attention — though it seems unlikely that this film, with its even lower budget, will have the same impact as “Innocence of Muslims” seems unlikely.

Jones said he doesn’t believe the new film will produce violence.

“Sometimes [Islamic extremists] do absolutely nothing,” he said. “I have had several hundred death threats against me and a reward, and I have not had any type of violent acts perpetrated against me. That doesn’t mean they might not still come, but I would have to say — they will not.”

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Terry Jones Is Planning A Follow-Up To The Anti-Islam Film That Sparked Protests Around The World

Terry Jones

Back in September, anti-Islamic movie “The Innocence of Mulsims” set off protests across the Islamic world, possibly spurring on an attack on U.S. consulate in Libya that killed a U.S. Ambassador and three others.

Now get ready for the sequel.

Controversial U.S. pastor Terry Jones, who appeared to play a key role in promoting the “Innocence of Muslims,” is planning a follow-up movie that he hopes will create just as big of an impact.

The movie, titled “The Innocent Prophet,” is due to be released on December 14. While Jones is primarily responsible for the promotion of the film, the creator of the film is a man living in Spain called Imran Firasat. The pair described themselves as 50/50 partners on the film.

Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Florida, is perhaps best known for his plans to burn Qu’rans on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, and has become notorious for anti-Islam publicity stunts.

Business Insider reached out to Firasat to understand a little more about his background and his film. He spoke over the phone from his home in Spain, and clearly had a lot to say about Islam and his relationship to it (he answered one question with a 10-minute answer).

“Originally I’m from Pakistan. I was a Muslim. I was born as a Muslim in a Muslim country in a Muslim family in a Muslim society,” Firasat told us. A decision to move in with his Buddhist wife, however, apparently led to harassment — Firasat says he was detained by police and tortured. The couple eventually fled to Spain.

Angered by his experience, Firasat began blogging and giving interviews denouncing Islam. Before long, he says, he was getting death threats and was attacked physically. He decided to leave Spain, and, somewhat bizarrely, fled to his wife’s homeland in Indonesia, despite it being the country with the largest number of Muslims on earth. More legal trouble ensued in Indonesia, as Firasat says he was detained for blasphemy. Fearing for his life, he paid a bribe to police to escape back to Spain.

Although it could seem like Firasat has a personal vendetta against the Muslim world (he recently became somewhat notorious in the country for an attempt to ban the Qu’ran), he says that his decision to make this film was directly related to the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Libya in September. He saw the film as an act of defiance.

“I decided on the moment when I heard about the American ambassador being killed… I will make a movie.” Firasat told us. “Ok, you do violence, we will still make more movies… One day one [of us] has to lose,” he said.

Firasat is funding the movie himself, and admits he doesn’t even have the money for an “Innocence of Muslim”-type dramatized film — however crude. Instead, the film is largely done with voice-over and images, and seeks to show the “real Mohammad” that he feels Muslims around the world don’t understand.

In order to research the film, Firasat said that he read the “English Qu’ran, Spanish Qu’ran, Hindi Qu’ran, Urdu Qu’ran, [and the] Indonesian Qu’ran.” He later added that the film will be translated into English, Spanish, Urdu, Indonesian and Arabic.

“It’s not only a fifteen-minute movie, just offending Muslims, slapping their faces,” he said. “It’s an hour and fifteen minute movie. So, as you can imagine, there’s a whole story filled with [information] about his mother, about his father, about his uncle, about his suffering, that he was an orphan. Everything.”

Firasat refused to acknowledge the potential harm a film like this could cause. He said that Muslims don’t commit violence “because of movies.” “They need an excuse so they can take revenge and they can show how much [they] hate you,” he said. He added that he was not scared of threats from Muslims, but was afraid of dying.

Firasat’s partner, pastor Jones, was apparently more concerned about violence, but hoped for the best. He told us by phone that though he saw similarities between “The Innocent Prophet” and “The Innocence of Muslims,” he hoped that this film would not lead to violence and death.

“We would of course be very happy if it [“The Innocent Prophet”] would have a similar impact as far as raising an awareness of Islam,” Jones said. “We of course do not want, and would be unhappy, if radical Islam used this as an excuse to promote their violent agenda.”

True to his reputation, Jones seems keen for the film to get widespread attention — though it seems unlikely that this film, with its even lower budget, will have the same impact as “Innocence of Muslims” seems unlikely.

Jones said he doesn’t believe the new film will produce violence.

“Sometimes [Islamic extremists] do absolutely nothing,” he said. “I have had several hundred death threats against me and a reward, and I have not had any type of violent acts perpetrated against me. That doesn’t mean they might not still come, but I would have to say — they will not.”

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‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Actress Is Suing YouTube Over ‘Vile’ Film

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One of the female leads in an anti-Muslim movie that set off riots across the globe says she was tricked into acting in the movie and is suing the director for fraud.

In “Innocence of Muslims” Cindy Lee Garcia plays a mother who must decide whether to marry her daughter to the Prophet Muhammed.

In the film her character asks whether Muhammed is a child molester.

But, Garcia is claiming that scene was manipulatively edited by filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, adding she wasn’t told of the film’s anti-Muslim content and the scripts she received made no mention of Islam or Muhammad, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

In her recently filed lawsuit, Garcia claims the film was advertised as an ancient Egyptian adventure and the anti-Islamic message was later dubbed into the movie.

She is suing Nakoula for slander and asking the judge to force YouTube to take down the offending clip.

“This lawsuit is not an attack on the First Amendment nor on the right of Americans to say what they think, but does request that the offending content be removed from the Internet,” Garcia states in her lawsuit, adding that the film is “vile and reprehensible.”

So far YouTube has refused to remove the clip.

The film’s 13-minute trailer, which portrays the Prophet Muhammed as a fraud and child molester, sparked a series of riots across the Middle East.

And now Garcia, of Bakersfield, Calif., is worried her role in the film has placed her family in danger.

“I’m getting horrible death threats over the Internet, people saying they’re going to cut me up, chop me up and kill me and my family,” she told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.

She and her husband are looking for a new home because of the threats, Garcia said, adding that her family is “in hysterics.”

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‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Actress Thought She Was Starring In An Egyptian Adventure

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One of the female leads in an anti-Muslim movie that set off riots across the globe says she was tricked into acting in the movie and is suing the director for fraud.

In “Innocence of Muslims” Cindy Lee Garcia plays a mother who must decide whether to marry her daughter to the Prophet Muhammed.

In the film her character asks whether Muhammed is a child molester.

But, Garcia is claiming that scene was manipulatively edited by filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, adding she wasn’t told of the film’s anti-Muslim content and the scripts she received made no mention of Islam or Muhammad, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

In her recently filed lawsuit, Garcia claims the film was advertised as an ancient Egyptian adventure and the anti-Islamic message was later dubbed into the movie.

She is suing Nakoula for slander and asking the judge to force YouTube to take down the offending clip.

“This lawsuit is not an attack on the First Amendment nor on the right of Americans to say what they think, but does request that the offending content be removed from the Internet,” Garcia states in her lawsuit, adding that the film is “vile and reprehensible.”

So far YouTube has refused to remove the clip.

The film’s 13-minute trailer, which portrays the Prophet Muhammed as a fraud and child molester, sparked a series of riots across the Middle East.

And now Garcia, of Bakersfield, Calif., is worried her role in the film has placed her family in danger.

“I’m getting horrible death threats over the Internet, people saying they’re going to cut me up, chop me up and kill me and my family,” she told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.

She and her husband are looking for a new home because of the threats, Garcia said, adding that her family is “in hysterics.”

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