A Saudi blogger has made a short video featuring Bible texts allegedly calling for war and Christian extremists preaching violence, in response to an anti-Quran film by a Dutch lawmaker that sparked angry street protests across the Muslim world.
Raed al-Saeed told The Associated Press on Thursday that the purpose of his 6-minute video was to show Islam should not be judged by watching Dutch filmmaker Geert Wilders's movie "Fitna," which links terror attacks by Muslim extremists with texts from the Quran, Islam's holy book.
"It is easy to take parts of any holy book that are out of (context) and make it sound like the most inhumane book ever written," al-Saeed said in a statement posted at the end of his video.
"This is what Geert Wilders did to gather more supporters to his hateful ideology. To create schism," he added.
Al-Saeed, 33, said he lifted footage showing alleged Christian extremists and British soldiers beating up Iraqis from YouTube and used the same methods Wilders did. However, al-Saeed said his movie, entitled "Schism," was not directed against Christians.
Wilders' film has angered Muslims around the world, sparking protests in several countries and triggering calls for a boycott of Dutch goods.
On Monday, a court in the Netherlands rejected a request by the Dutch Islamic Federation to muzzle Wilders, ruling that the views expressed in his film do not exceed the legal boundaries against inciting hatred or violence.
Al-Saeed is a popular and often cited Saudi blogger, and runs an events management business in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The idea for the video came after he watched "Fitna," which in Arabic means "strife." He put "Schism" together and released it a day later, al-Saeed said.
"If I'm asked about copyright, I will say I did what Wilders did," he said.
Al-Saeed also used verses from the Bible, including one from 1, Samuel 15, that calls for attacks on Amalekites.
"Go and attack the Amalekites! Destroy them and all their possessions. Don't have any pity. Kill their men, women, children, and even their babies. Slaughter their cattle, sheep, camels, and donkeys," the quote said, according to the Contemporary English Bible.
Before posting the video on YouTube, al-Saeed said he showed it to his Christian Lebanese business partner to make sure it is not offensive to Christians. Within 12 hours of posting, his video was removed from YouTube with a message from the site saying the content was inappropriate.
"I sent it again with a message saying, 'Before you delete Schism, look at Fitna. Delete both if you deem them inappropriate,'" said al-Saeed.
Late Thursday, al-Saeed's could still be accessed on YouTube and other Web sites. The blogger said it has been viewed by over 5,000 users.
"My aim isn't to spread hate," said al-Saeed. "I'm just making a point. Maybe my way is aggressive. It may be considered inappropriate, but I want to get my idea across strongly."