Rep. Adam Hasner, a Delray Beach Republican, was so impressed with the documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West that he has helped arrange a free screening for state legislators on April 16. The controversial film shows an "insider's view' of the hatred the Radicals are teaching, their incitement of global jihad, and their goal of world domination." But the film, parts of which have aired on cable news channels, has drawn protests on some college campuses, and at least two colleges canceled showings.
The screening, being held at the Tallahassee IMAX theater, will also feature a speech by Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, who is the author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World. Lawmakers will also be given a DVD copy of the film.
"Nothing could be more important than educating legislators about the threat that radical Islam poses to us and to the state of Israel,'' said Hasner, who is Jewish and who is co-sponsoring a bill that would block the state from investing in any companies that have ties to nations that are listed on the State Department's list of nations that sponsor terrorism, a list that includes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan.
The entire screening event is expected to cost somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000, but the cost is being paid by Tom Trento, a Delray Beach businessman who has been organizing screenings in South Florida. Trento said he is getting help from other regular citizens, but he's making sure that none of them are lobbyists or companies that lobby the Legislature.