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But a search of public records and inconsistencies in Bacile's own accounts, as well as information from a radical Christian who helped produced the movie all suggest that "Sam Bacile" is a pseudonym and is not Israeli but an Arab Christian.
"I've met him twice. He is not a citizen of Israel. He is in hiding," Steve Klein, a member of a far-right anti-Islamic Christian group who says he helped with the film's production, told ABC News.
Klein said Bacile was not Israeli or Jewish, and suggested he was an Arab Christian who was a U.S. citizen.
Three U.S. Christian groups, including two identified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Council, and a third that advocates for Egyptian Christians, or Copts, have been linked to the production or eventual distribution of the movie.
The controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones, who in 2010 sparked riots in Afghanistan after burning copies of the Koran, told ABC News in that he had been contacted to help distribute the film.
Klein, a member of the Church of Kaweah, listed as an anti-Muslim hate group, said Bacile and the film's other backers were "refugees from the Middle East."
"The folks that I'm working with have come from a culture where they've been tracked down, driven from their homes. Close family members have been kidnapped, raped and murdered," said Klein of the filmmaker.
Christians in much of the Middle East are persecuted and their plight has been made a cause for many American fundamentalist Christians.
Morris Sadek, head of the National American Coptic Assembly, an Egyptian Christian group based in the U.S., confirmed to Reuters that he was involved in the film's planned distribution.
And your vehemence is an indication of personal issues that are your own business
To apply pedophilia to child marriage in a culture clear across the world, hundreds of years ago, in which it was not unusual or considered deviant to take a child bride is neither accurate or fair. It demonstrates both self-righteousness and an unwillingness to consider the facts based on research.
Originally posted by butcherguy
Personally, I would really wonder about a woman that accepts an adult male having sex with a nine year old girl, I take it you are not a mother? And you presume that I have issues!
Some cultures offered up POW's as sacrifices to their gods. It was still the taking of a human life.
Some African tribes killed and ate the members of other tribes, looking at them as livestock. It was culturally acceptable for them. I wonder how the people that were being eaten felt about it?