Terry Jones, the controversial Florida-based pastor best known for burning the Koran and purportedly inciting violence in the Middle East, has partnered with en ex-Muslim named Imran Firasat to produce a new film called, “The Innocent Prophet.” The controversial faith leader spoke to TheBlaze about the project — a movie that holds the potential to infuriate Islamist groups across the globe.
The film’s name may sound familiar. Following radicals’ attacks on U.S. interests on September 11 of this year, the trailer for a separate movie called “The Innocence of Muslims” made international headlines. The spoof, which poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad’s life, sparked furor and was blamed for anti-American violence and sentiment across the Middle East and Northern Africa.
No “The Innocent Prophet,” which a press release from Stand Up America — Jones’ organization — claims is “about the life of the Prophet Muhammad,” is slated for release next month. Of course, it’s no coincidence that the name and purpose of the film mirrors that of “Innocence of Muslims,” especially considering that Jones was a supporter of the first film.
“We are trying to give a factual life of Muhammad,” Jones said. “His life was one that was pretty perverted in comparison to the life of Jesus.”
The pastor said that Muhammad promoted violence and that, even on his deathbed in 632 A.D., he called for his followers “to cleanse the Arabian Peninsula of non-believers” — something that he contends adherents have done for the past 1,400 years.
As far as funding for the film goes, Jones was tight-lipped, only saying that “The Innocent Prophet” is “privately-funded” and that the raising of monies is a joint effort between Stand Up America and Firasat.
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