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Fiery Orange County Cleric Influenced Figures behind Anti-Islamic Film

posted on September 17, 2012

“The Southern California men behind the anti-Islamic movie that has enraged the Arab world were influenced by a fiery Coptic cleric who owns a home in Huntington Beach and is known around the globe for insults to the prophet Muhammad that are strikingly similar to those in the film,” report Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Harriet Ryan for The Los Angeles Times. Zakaria Botros Henein is infamous in the Muslim world for teaching “that Muhammad was a necrophile, a homosexual and a pedophile,” write Garrison, Bensinger, and Ryan. Sometimes called “Islam’s Public Enemy No. 1,” Botros Henein has recently gone into hiding.

Read at The Los Angeles Times