‘This Is The Final Struggle:’ Newt Gingrich Sells A Movie About The Islamic Threat To America

September 10, 2010 1:24 p.m.

In a straight-to-DVD movie that will premiere tomorrow night in D.C., Newt Gingrich and Citizens United warn Americans of the impending threat of radical Islam. As one of their talking heads says in the trailer, “This is the end of times. This is the final struggle.”

The movie, called “America At Risk,” paints the world as a dangerous place filled with radicalized Muslims who want to — and, importantly, can — destroy America.

“The war on terror, and the ideology behind it, have only just begun,” Gingrich’s wife, Callista Gingrich, intones while she and Gingrich stand in front of a green-screened New York skyline.Here’s the trailer:

If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s extremely similar to movies by the Clarion Fund, the nonprofit which produced “The Third Jihad” and “Obsession.” The latter, sent to 30 million homes during the 2008 election, helped plant the seeds of the current spate of anti-mosque protests and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

It has the same themes (immediate threat of death by Islam), the same shots of terrorist attacks and scary “death to America” rallies, and many of the same people, like M. Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim doctor from Arizona, and Bernard Lewis, a Princeton professor and sounce of the aforementioned “final struggle” line.

“America At Risk” goes on the attack against the Obama administration much more than the Clarion movies, however, calling it “crazy” that the administration doesn’t say “Islam” enough when discussing the war on terror. Former ambassador to the U.N. and current presidential candidacy hinter-at John Bolton, notably, appears.

“Washington refuses to tell the truth about the war we are fighting,” reads one press release.

In the lead-up to his movie’s release (now available for $19.95 on pre-order), Gingrich has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Park51 Islamic center in downtown Manhattan. He has demanded the government step in and stop the “mosque” from being built. He has called its backers “radical Islamists” and likened them to Nazis. He suggested America be more like Saudi Arabia, which doesn’t allow Christian churches.

And so forth.

We’re told our review copy is in the mail.

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