Friday, June 22, 2007

CAIR like David Duke?

Controversy continued to dog "A Mighty Heart" on the eve of its bigscreen bow, as pic drew fire over a screening designed to promote religious tolerance.

Paramount Vantage initiated the Thursday evening event -- a screening followed by a panel discussion at the Sherry Lansing theater -- soliciting input from Muslim, Christian and Jewish orgs. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Progressive Christians Uniting (PCU) ended up co-sponsoring with the specialty label; Plan B co-producer Dede Gardner and Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak were skedded to appear on the panel along with reps of CAIR and PCU. Café Intifada, Friends of Pakistan, USA and Muslim Public Affairs Council also lent their support to the event.

However, a Jewish activist decried the leanings of several of the participants, likening CAIR's involvement to "David Duke co-sponsoring 'Schindler's List.'"

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