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Anti-Muslim Film Promoter Outspoken On Islam

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A burnt pick-up truck is seen during clashes between Egyptian protesters and riot police near the US embassy in Cairo on September 13, 2012. Protests have erupted since September 11 outside US diplomatic missions in several Arab and Muslim states by demonstrators who deem the low-budget movie "Innocence of Muslims" made in the United States as offensive to Islam. (AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI/Getty Images)

A burnt pick-up truck is seen during clashes between Egyptian protesters and riot police near the US embassy in Cairo on September 13, 2012. Protests have erupted since September 11 outside US diplomatic missions in several Arab and Muslim states by demonstrators who deem the low-budget movie “Innocence of Muslims” made in the United States as offensive to Islam. (AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI/Getty Images)

HEMET, Calif. (AP) — The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is a Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians.

Film promoter Steve Klein has taken center stage in the unfolding international drama. He’s given a stream of interviews about the film and the filmmaker, who is in hiding.

The film, “Innocence of Muslims,” has been blamed for inflaming mobs that attacked U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya this week as well as U.S. Embassy in Yemen on Thursday.

Klein says he visits mosques and confronts young Muslim men who are training as suicide bombers.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says they have labeled two of the organizations Klein is affiliated with as hate groups.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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