Clarion Project

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The Clarion Project (formerly Clarion Fund Inc.) is an American nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that was founded in 2006.[1][2] The organization has been involved in the production and distribution of the films Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision For America, Iranium, and Honor Diaries. These films have been criticized by some for allegedly falsifying information and described as anti-Muslim propaganda.[3][4]

Clarion Project
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FounderRaphael Shore

Mission, organization and fundingEdit

Clarion Project states its mission is to expose and reduce the threats of extremism to create a safer world for all [5]

Ryan Mauro is the Clarion Project's national security analyst.[6]

Funders include the Donors Capital Fund, a nonprofit donor-advised fund, which gave the organization a donation of $17.7 million in 2008,[7][8] and casino owner Sheldon Adelson.[8][9]

The nonprofit Charity Navigator has rated the Clarion Project 2 out of 4 stars.[10] According to the Clarion Project's Form 990, 64.7 percent of its expenses are program expenses, 17.5 percent are administrative, and 17.6 percent are for fundraising.[11]

The project's advisory board included Raheel Raza[12] president of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, Zuhdi Jasser president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) [13] and Michelle Baron.

The project was founded by Rabbi Raphael Shore, who previously worked for the organization Aish HaTorah.[14][15][16][17]


The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the organization as an "anti-Muslim hate group".[18] The U.S.-based Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American–Islamic Relations, stated that the Clarion Project is among 37 American organizations that promote Islamophobia in America society.[19]

Anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney has sat on the board of the Clarion Project and has been described by the Anti-defamation League as having "promulgated a number of anti-Muslim conspiracy theories".[20] Clarion has also employed security-analyst Ryan Mauro, who has asserted that there were multiple "no-go zones" for non-Muslims across the U.K. and Europe and has spoken about the supposed rising number of Muslim enclaves across the U.S., governed by "gangs of Islamic extremists" enforcing the Shariah law.[21]

The Clarion Project's 2008 distribution of 28 million copies of its Obsession DVD right before the Presidential election has helped increase Islamophobia in the United States according to both Muslim and anti-Muslim organizations.[7][22]


  1. ^ "About Clarion Project". Clarion Project. Archived from the original on 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2015-02-26.
  2. ^ Alami, Mona (November 1, 2014). "Jihadist Jane: Islamic State seeking out women". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  3. ^ "'Iranium' or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 'Military Option'". PBS. Archived from the original on 2017-05-31. Retrieved 2017-08-25.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "NYPD Cops' Training Included an Anti-Muslim Horror Flick". Village Voice. New York. 21 January 2011. p. 1. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Home". Clarion Project. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  6. ^ Stakelbeck, Erick (December 26, 2013). "Brotherhood Supporters Advising Obama Admin?". CBN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  7. ^ a b Elliott, Justin (November 16, 2010). "Mystery of who funded right-wing "radical Islam" campaign deepens". Salon. Archived from the original on 2015-11-25. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Serwer, Adam (January 24, 2012). "Gingrich's Anti-Muslim Sugar Daddy Funded Film Shown To NYPD". Mother Jones. Archived from the original on 2015-11-29. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  9. ^ Ali, Wajahat; Clifton, Eli; Duss, Matthew; Fang, Lee; Keyes, Scott; Shakir, Faiz (August 26, 2011). "Fear, Inc". Center for American Progress. Archived from the original on 2015-11-06. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for Clarion Project". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  11. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for Clarion Project". Charity Navigator. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Muslims Facing Tomorrow". Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  13. ^ "American Islamic Forum for Democracy". Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  14. ^ Bryan Saario (2011). Holy Land Conversations: A Journey Through Palestine's Back Door. Wheatmark, Inc. p. 154.
  15. ^ Lawrence Swaim (2012). The Death of Judeo-Christianity: Religious Aggression and Systemic Evil in the Modern World. John Hunt Publishing. p. 144.
  16. ^ Nathan Lean (2012). The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 127.
  17. ^ Hani A. Faris (2013). The Failure of the Two-State Solution: The Prospects of One State in the Israel-Palestine Conflict. I.B.Tauris. p. 108.
  18. ^ "Anti-Muslim". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  19. ^ Katherine Burgess (19 September 2013). "Muslims name 37 groups that fuel Islamophobia". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  20. ^ "Frank Gaffney Jr. and the Center for Security Policy". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  21. ^ "Extremists to Address Anti-Muslim Act! for America Conference Next Week". 3 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-05-27. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  22. ^ Slajda, Rachel (25 August 2010). "How 30 Million DVDs Sent In 2008 Election Fuel The Anti-Mosque Debate Today". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved 23 February 2019.

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