Clarion Project

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Clarion Project
Motto Challenging extremism, Promoting dialogue
Founded 2006
Founder Raphael Shore
Mission "[T]o expos[e] the dangers of Islamic extremism while providing a platform for the voices of moderation and [to] promot[e] grassroots activism."[1]

The Clarion Project (formerly Clarion Fund, Inc.) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization founded in 2006.[1][2] It is dedicated to "exposing the dangers of Islamic extremism while providing a platform for the voices of moderation and promoting grassroots activism."[1]

The organization has been involved in the production and distribution of films such as Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, The Third Jihad, and Iranium. The Clarion Project had their films shown at venues such as the Hudson Institute, Heritage Foundation, Library and Archives Canada, and Fox News Channel.[3][citation needed]

Organization and funding[edit]

Ryan Mauro is the Clarion Project’s national security analyst.[4]

Notable individuals serving on the Project's advisory board include:[5]

In 2008, Donors Capital Fund, a nonprofit donor-advised fund, granted $17.7 million to the Clarion Project.[6]

Films produced by Clarion Project[edit]

Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West[edit]

In September 2008, the Clarion Project gained attention by distributing free copies of the film Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, produced and co-written by Shore, by mail and in newspaper supplements.[7] The Fund has reportedly sent 28 million DVDs to at least 70 newspapers in the United States to place at the doorstep of newspaper subscribers.[8]

Amongst its notable content, Obsession intersperses scenes of Muslim children being encouraged to become suicide bombers with shots of Nazi rallies.[9]

The movie starts with a disclaimer:

This is a film about radical Islamic terror. A dangerous ideology, fueled by religious hatred. It's important to remember most Muslims are peaceful and do not support terror. This is not a film about them. This is a film about a radical worldview, and the threat it poses to us all, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.[10]

Following the release the DVD was controversial, with a negative reception.[11] Erik Ose, a columnist for The Huffington Post, described it as "right-wing, terror propaganda" that "cuts between scenes of Nazi rallies and footage of Muslim children being encouraged to become suicide bombers."[12] NPR called the DVD inflammatory.[13]

Support for McCain presidential campaign[edit]

The Huffington Post referred to the distribution as a "propaganda campaign".[12] The National Public Radio received complaints from listeners who said the DVD seemed like a partisan message in favor of McCain.[13]

The group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a Federal Elections Commission complaint against Clarion Fund, Inc. CAIR alleges that the free distribution of the documentary Obsession was designed to help John McCain win the presidential election. CAIR also claimed that Obsession is intended to foster hatred of Muslims.[14] Because they are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, the Clarion Fund is not legally permitted to intentionally influence voters.[15]

Clarion Fund director of communications Gregory Ross, later acknowledged that the article "crossed the line" and would be removed.[12] The Clarion Fund has denied that it endorsed any candidate, and asserts that they are a non-partisan organization.[16]

The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision For America[edit]

Main article: The Third Jihad

The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America is a 72-minute documentary released in May 2009 and produced by NBC News journalist and Clinton administration advisor Erik Werth.[17]

Unlike its predecessor, The Third Jihad focuses on Western Europe and America, and not on worldwide radical Islam.[18]

"Third Jihad" in the title refers to, according to the film makers the rise of Islamic terrorism (the film makers claim that Arab spread throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa in the seventh century, then the Turkish push into Constantinople and Southeastern Europe in the fifteenth century, were the first and second jihads).[18]

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani stated that The Third Jihad was “A wake up call for America.”[19]

In 2011, The Third Jihad was shown to over 1,489 NYPD officers over the course of three months to a year of police training. The use of the video was initially minimized by Police Academy officials, but the extent of its use was uncovered after a request under New York's Freedom of Information Act.[20]


In 2011, the Clarion Fund released a film entitled Iranium, which focuses on the history of Iran's government since 1979 and perceived threats associated with the Iranian nuclear program.[21][22]


  1. ^ a b c "About Clarion Project". Clarion Project. 
  2. ^ Alami, Mona (November 1, 2014). "Jihadist Jane: Islamic State seeking out women". USA Today. 
  3. ^ "Documentary Portrays Islamic Extremists' Call to Arms Against the Free World". Fox News. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Stakelbeck, Erick (December 26, 2013). "Brotherhood Supporters Advising Obama Admin?". CBN. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Clarion Project's Advisory Board". Clarion Project. 
  6. ^ Elliott, Justin (November 16, 2010). "Mystery of who funded right-wing "radical Islam" campaign deepens". Salon. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ 'Radical Islam' video angers South Florida Muslims[dead link], September 16, 2008 Miami Herald. URL retrieved 2008-09-16.
  8. ^ Shimron, Yonat (2008-09-13). "Controversial film on Islam delivered nationwide". The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina: The McClatchy Company). Retrieved 2008-10-29. [dead link]
  9. ^ Mitchell, Greg; Strupp, Joe (2008-09-13). "Newspapers Deliver Millions of 'Terror' DVDs to Subscribers -- In 'Swing States'". Editor & Publisher (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  10. ^ "Terrorism: Looking for context". The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Florida). September 16, 2008. 
  11. ^ Hettena, Seth (October 21, 2008). "Obsession with Controversy". Columbia Journalism Review. 
  12. ^ a b c Ose, Erik (2008-09-12). "Pro-McCain Group Dumping Twenty Eight Million Terror Scare DVD's In Swing States". North Carolina: Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  13. ^ a b "Some Answers On Clarion, And Still Some Questions". National Public Radio. 
  14. ^ "CAIR Asks FEC to Probe Anti-Muslim DVDs Sent to Swing States". CAIR. 2008-09-23. 
  15. ^ Gharib, Ali (2008-09-19). "Anti-Islam Film Targets "Swing States" Voters". Washington: Inter Press Service News Agency. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  16. ^ Ian Wilhelm (30 September 2008). "Advocacy Group under Fire for DVD". The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Clarion Fund". Right Web. 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  18. ^ a b Davis, James (2009-06-30). "Film Review: The Third Jihad". Newsvine. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  19. ^ "About The Third Jihad". New York: Clarion Fund. 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  20. ^ Powell, Michael (2012-01-23). "In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  21. ^ Posner, Sarah (2010-05-05). "Clarion Fund Claims Times Square Bombing Attempt Proof of 'Coordinated Jihad Against Western Values'". Washington: religion dispatches. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  22. ^ "About the Film". Retrieved 23 January 2011. 

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