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The film claims Muhammad was a fraud. An English-language 13-minute trailer on YouTube shows an amateur cast performing a wooden dialogue of insults disguised as revelations about Muhammad, whose obedient followers are presented as a cadre of goons.

It depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse, among other overtly insulting claims that have caused outrage.

Bacile's film was also dubbed into Egyptian Arabic by someone he doesn't know, but he speaks enough Arabic to confirm that the translation is accurate, the AP reported. It was made in three months in the summer of 2011, with 59 actors and about 45 people behind the camera.

The full film has been shown once, to a mostly empty theater in Hollywood earlier this year, said Bacile.

Religion as pretext or cause in attacks in Egypt and Libya

Commenting on the Libyan attack in Washington Post, the Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, wondered if religion was a pretext or cause in the attacks in Egypt and Libya were: "Reportedly, the flashpoint was a YouTube trailer of a "wooden," amateurish movie by an Israeli filmmaker based in California. This film purportedly attacks Islam, and particularly the Prophet Muhammed, through insulting depictions. The filmmaker, Sam Bacile, admitted, "This is a political movie."

She went on to say: Yes, it is a political movie, of course, but one that manipulates religious sentiment for the sake of promoting conflict. Indeed, there is an "Abrahamic religions," that is, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, aspect to this blow up as the film was languishing and had played only once to a mostly empty theatre until "a controversial Egyptian Christian activist who lives in the United States, Morris Sadek, started promoting Bacile's film."

Thistlethwaite was of the view that the use and abuse of religion for political gain is not the exclusive prerogative of those who live in the Middle East. "Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, either intentionally or unintentionally, inflamed the situation, by "jumping the gun" before all the facts were known. He repeated the charge that it was a "disgraceful statement" to "apologize for American values" the next day, promoting a falsehood that somehow President Obama sympathized with Islamic militants."

The use and abuse of religion for political gain is alive and well in the U.S. and it is well to recognize and reject all forms of this kind of manipulation, Thistlethwaite argued.

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