(CLEVELAND, OH, 2/5/10) – More than 400 people turned out recently for the Cleveland area premiere of Unity Production Foundation’s “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” hosted by the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) and the West Shore Unitarian Church in Rocky River, Ohio.
Elected officials, professors, students, religious leaders, community activists, and people of many faiths viewed the film. A diverse panel of Muslims from Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Iran and the United States answered questions from the audience after the screening.
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think is the latest documentary by Unity Productions Foundation. It provides an eye-opening view of global Muslim opinions on topics like terrorism, democracy, women and the West and is based on the findings of a first-of-its-kind opinion poll of the entire Muslim world. For more information, visit www.upf.tv.
“The film dispels stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and soundly repudiates the clash of civilizations theory,” stated CAIR-Cleveland President Isam Zaiem. “The Gallup Poll research presented in the film shows that America is best served by a foreign policy toward the Muslim world that is grounded in fact and not fear.”
Co-sponsors of the event included West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, the Network of Spiritual Peace Activists, and Peace in the Hood.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Cleveland President Isam Zaiem, E-Mail: email@example.com; UPF Outreach Manager Daniel Tutt, 202-298-8088, firstname.lastname@example.org