The PJ Tatler

Islamic documentary matinee inside the DOJ on May 19

Patrick Poole has been reporting extensively here at Pajamas on the Justice Department scuttling terrorist prosecutions against “Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) co-founder Omar Ahmad.”  Poole reported a “high-placed DOJ source told me the case was nixed to prevent embarrassment to the Obama administration and to avoid inflaming the Muslim community.”

Sources at the DOJ tell me that Thursday May 19 will be Islamic movie day at the DOJ.  A 1pm matinee is scheduled.  Specifically, Civil Rights Division employees at the DOJ have been invited to take off work, and trek across town to the 7th floor conference center at Main Justice to view the documentary film “Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think.”  No word on whether the DOJ will host a sequel called “What the Other 570,000,000 Muslims Think.”

The invitation says: DOJ staff “are cordially invited to attend a discussion of the documentary film Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, based on a major study by the Gallup organization of Muslim public opinion.  The program, hosted by the Civil Rights Division and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, will include excerpts from the film, a presentation by its producers, and an interactive discussion.”

The Investigative Project on Terrorism has a pretty thorough description of one producer of the study/film, Dalia Mogahed.  Hopefully some DOJ lawyers will read it and have the courage to ask some probing questions at the event. 

The Investigative Project notes this flaw in the methodology of the film:

One huge problem, as Robert Satloff of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy observed in May 2008, is that Mogahed and Esposito appear to have arrived at the 7 percent figure by understating by almost half the percentage of those who believe 9/11 was completely justified. And the pair completely ignored the additional 23.5 percent who believe 9/11 was partially justified.

When Satloff looked at their numbers more closely, he found that the percentage justifying 9/11 was closer to 36 percent, or more than 450 million people. That’s about a third of the world’s Muslim population.

I don’t suspect Eric Holder will be hosting screenings of Islam: What the West Needs to Know anytime soon.