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9/11 museum film draws heat for portrayal of Islam

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014

"Our No. 1 standard is, are we objectively telling the story of what happened? And we feel like we've satisfied that," the museum's executive director, Joe Daniels, said Thursday. He said museum officials "stand by the scholarship that underlies the creation of this video."

An imam, Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy of the Masjid Manhattan mosque, resigned from the museum's advisory panel last month to protest the film. He said in a separate letter to the museum's director that the film "in its present state would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum."

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee called concerns expressed about the documentary "extremely worrisome."

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said museum officials should not reinforce negative stereotypes of Muslims as terrorists.

"Generations of visitors to this facility will be influenced by the contents of the displays and the presentations," Hooper said. "It's going to be very important how Islam and the American Muslim community are portrayed."