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Man behind anti-Islam film that stoked riots has no regrets: NYT

Published on Nov 27, 2012 6:16 AM
 

(REUTERS) - The Egyptian-born Coptic Christian who made the anti-Islam film that sparked protests across the Muslim world has no regrets about his insulting portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad, according to an interview with the New York Times.

In his first public comments since the 14-minute trailer for his film, Innocence Of Muslims, gained notoriety in September, Mark Basseley Youssef told the newspaper he wanted to reveal what he called "the actual truth" about Prophet Muhammad and raise awareness of the violence committed "under the sign of Allah."

The film portrayed Prophet Mohammad as a womaniser, ruthless killer and child molester. The film touched off a torrent of anti-American unrest in Arab and Muslim countries. For many Muslims, any depiction of the prophet is considered blasphemous.

In explaining his reasons for the film, he cited "atrocities" by Muslims. After a Muslim gunman killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009, "I became even more upset and enraged," he said in written comments conveyed to the Times through his attorney. A Times request to interview him in person was blocked by prison authorities.

 
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