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Film not intended to insult Muslims: US pastor

Published on Sep 13, 2012 11:07 AM
People shout and hold slogans in front of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Cairo on Sept 11, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (AFP) - The film which has triggered deadly protests in the Middle East over its portrayal of the Islamic faith is not intended to insult Muslims, a controversial United States (US) pastor who backs the movie said on Wednesday.

Pastor Terry Jones, who has sparked deadly protests in the past by burning copies of the Quran, also insisted that the deaths of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in an attack in Benghazi were not the result of the film.

"We have been contacted by the producer of the film, Innocence of Muslims, to help distribute it," Pastor Jones said in a statement, referring to the movie which mocks the Prophet Mohammed, a 14-minute clip of which is available online.

"The film is not intended to insult the Muslim community, but... to reveal truths about Mohammed that are possibly not widely known," he said, adding it was "very clear that God did not influence him in the writings of the Quran.

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