Christian Action Network Sues NY Central Park: Somali Film Okay – Ground Zero Mosque Film Not Okay

Just after posting on Christian Action Network’s (CAN) documentary on the Ground Zero Mosque, I read that the City of New York’s Parks and Recreation Department refused to let CAN air Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mosque in Central Park, even though they have allowed films supported by the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR to be promoted. Note below that CAN says they have undercover footage of discussions about the Mosque, from inside the Mosque. CAN is suing the Parks Department. See the powerful documentary trailer below. Read about the documentary premiere on Capitol Hill here.

CAN:

Last month, the Department approved a screening of a movie named Welcome to Shelbyville at a Manhattan recreational center. The film focuses on a community of 1,100 Somalis in a Tennessee town and its struggles in assimilating. It has been promoted by groups that terrorism experts believe are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, including the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim Public Affairs Council. However, CAN is facing more resistance.

After several written requests, the only response from PRD has been verbal. Insofar, these parks have not been booked for any other events [still available]. The film would be watched on a 25ft inflatable screen, as have many other independent films in New York City. But in a media release, CAN accuses the PRD of being guilty of operating with a politically-correct double-standard, pointing out how it previously approved the showing of another controversial film supported by powerful Muslim-American groups…

The film will include undercover footage at the mosqueYes, the controversial mosque is already constructed and holds services every Friday. The proposal in question is to expand this facility into a 13-story, $100 million Islamic center within eye’s view of the former site of the World Trade Center.

“This film is not your ordinary story-telling documentary. It is not a film that shows people protesting and fancy speeches on the topic,” said Jason Campbell, CAN’s Projects Director.

“It is a 45-minute film that is fueled by the testimony of the survivors and the families of the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It is about how they feel about the mosque being built on the site where their loved ones lost their lives,” he said.

In “Sacrificed Survivors,” CAN’s staff go undercover into the mosque so the viewer can see the prayer room that is already being used and feel like they are a part of the drama that is unfolding in New York City.

CAN:

July 28, 2011 – (New York)  The Christian Action Network held a press conference today at Ground Zero to announce that it was taking legal action against the City of New York for failing to grant the organization permits to show its film“Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mega Mosque” in the city’s parks.
The legal action, known as a “demand letter,”  was filed on behalf of Christian Action Network (CAN) by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and it gave the City until August 1 to explain why its permit requests were rejected.

In early June, CAN filed for four separate applications with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreations to show its film in such public venues as Central Park and Battery Park.  The organization later filed for three additional permit applications to include other parks.  The goal of the organization was to show its film, Sacrificed Survivors, which opposes the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero, in seven parks during the seven days leading up to the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks.

All seven applications were rejected by the City of New York with no official explanation given for their denial.

The American Center for Law & Justice filed the lawsuit. BlueGrass Pundit asks why moderate Muslims are not standing against the Mosque.


Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mosque Trailer (video)

Thanks to Kaffir Kanuck for the video