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, Iranium and Honor Diaries. Clarion Project's most recent documentary, Honor Diaries, was shown at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva at a screening organized by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU).[3] Honor Diaries was also screened at the House of Commons, Amnesty International and the United Nations in New York.[4][5]

Organization and funding[edit]

Ryan Mauro is the Clarion Project’s national security analyst.[6]

Notable individuals serving on the Project's advisory board include:[7]

In 2008, Donors Capital Fund, a nonprofit donor-advised fund, granted $17.7 million to the Clarion Project.[8][9][10][11] Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is also known to have bankrolled the organisation's film projects.[12][13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

The film was controversial,[further explanation needed] gaining both accolades[further explanation needed] and derision.[further explanation needed]Hettena, Seth (October 21, 2008). "Obsession with Controversy". Columbia Journalism Review.  [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]

The Third Jihad focuses on Islamic extremism 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 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.[20][21]


  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. ^ "IHEU premieres "Honor Diaries" film at United Nations". International Humanist and Ethical Union. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Female Genital Mutilation". UK Parliament Website. UK House of Commons. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "HONOR DIARIES – More than a film: a call to dialogue and action". New Delhi Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Stakelbeck, Erick (December 26, 2013). "Brotherhood Supporters Advising Obama Admin?". CBN. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Clarion Project's Advisory Board". Clarion Project. 
  8. ^ Elliott, Justin (November 16, 2010). "Mystery of who funded right-wing "radical Islam" campaign deepens". Salon. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ Ali, Wajahat; Clifton, Eli; Duss, Matthew; Fang, Lee; Keyes, Scott; Shakir, Faiz (August 26, 2011). "Fear, Inc.". Center for American Progress. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ Steinback, Robert (August 26, 2011). "New Report Details Funding Sources Behind Anti-Muslim Fearmongers". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ Bail, Christopher A. (December 4, 2014). Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream. p. 83. ISBN 978-0691159423. 
  12. ^ Adam Serwer (2012-01-24). "Gingrich's Anti-Muslim Sugar Daddy Funded Film Shown To NYPD". Mother Jones. 
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  14. ^ 'Radical Islam' video angers South Florida Muslims[dead link], September 16, 2008 Miami Herald. URL retrieved 2008-09-16.
  15. ^ "Terrorism: Looking for context". The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Florida). September 16, 2008. 
  16. ^ Hoffmann, Bill (June 17, 2015). "Newsmax to Air the Must-See Film on the Threat of Radical Islam". Newsmax. 
  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. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ "About the Film". Retrieved 23 January 2011. 

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