The producer of the blockbuster trilogies "The Matrix" and "The Lord of the Rings," Barrie Osborne, is now working on a $200 million movie about the founder of Islam, the Prophet Mohammed. Helping to guide the project is Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, a radical Muslim Brotherhood theologian. One quick look at this so-called "moderate" should raise serious questions among those investing in Osborne's film and spark a call to boycott should his involvement continue.
Osborne describes his film as "an international epic production aimed at bridging cultures. The film will educate people about the true meaning of Islam." He has chosen to use the Qatar-based Alnoor Holdings production company, which has decided to have Sheikh al-Qaradawi "oversee all aspects of the shoot," according to The Guardian. If Osborne's goal is to combat anti-Muslim bigotry and portray a positive image of Islam, then the influence of al-Qaradawi on the film will only do the opposite.
Al-Qaradawi is only a bit less radical than Al-Qaeda. He has repeatedly expressed support for Hamas, a terrorist group that was birthed from the Muslim Brotherhood organization to which he belongs. The Israelis believe he has directly financed Hamas by donating $21 million to a "charity" knowing that it'd be used to help the group buy land. In November 2008, the Treasury Department blacklisted a network of charities called the Union of Good for acting as fronts for Hamas. Al-Qaradawi serves as the group's president.