Muhammad Film Triggers Violent Protests in Cairo and Benghazi

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Image from a quicklink This latest escalation was triggered by a film, excerpts of which have been available on YouTube since last week. Titled "Innocence of Muslims," the movie presents Muhammad as a simple-minded pedophile and sensualist, shown having sex with multiple women, and his followers are portrayed as dumb, bloodthirsty Bedouins. The movie also contests the belief that the Koran was a divine revelation.

The maker of the movie is Sam Bacile, 56, an Israeli Jew now living in California. Bacile says the movie cost $5 million to make and was financed by more than 100 Jewish backers. "Islam is a cancer, period," says the director, a real estate developer. He also says the film has been shown in its entirety only once so far, to a half-empty movie theater in Hollywood.

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