Muhammad Film Made by California Coptic Christian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula: US Official Confirms
US federal authorities have named 55-year-old Californian Coptic Christian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula as the man behind the inflammatory anti-Islamic film which has sparked violent protests across the Arab world. Earlier media reports, since condemned by Jewish group such as the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, said an Israeli-Jew by the name of Sam Bacile had produced the Youtube video. Jerusalem has denied the existence of an Israeli citizen by the name of Sam Bacile, which the investigation has revealed to be just one of a long list of aliases used by Nakoula, who has previous convictions for bank fraud. Members of the Coptic community in California have condemned the film, saying that it does not represent the beliefs of its worshipers or its Church. Father Joseph Boules, Coptic Christian Pastor: "Our church condemns the movie, we don't support it. This is not the way Christians behave and we really don't want the name of the Coptic Christians who are in good standing with the society in America and the church to be dragged into this issue. We are not involved, we don't support it. If this gentleman came to us and said, 'I want to do something wonderful for you,' we would've shut it down right away." US-based American-Egyptian Coptic Christian activist, Morris Sadek, has further fanned the flames by promoting the video on various social media websites. Egypt's Coptic Christians form the country's largest minority group, many of its members have spoken out against the film which ...