(Here is the text of a letter faxed and also mailed to Mayor Bloomberg.)
The El Cid Project invites Mayor Michael Bloomberg to attend a screening of the 1961 movie, "El Cid," in Manhattan in early 2011.
The mayor's attendance will affirm his support of moderate Islam, but also rejection of the extremist variety. His agreement to attend will go a long way toward silencing his critics. The movie's plot is about moderate Muslims joining together with fellow Spaniards to defeat an army led by fanatic jihadist Ben Yussuf.
"El Cid," starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, is one of the most beautiful movies ever made. Seeing it on a large movie screen, as it was intended to be seen, is a thrilling and moving experience.
The El Cid Project is willing to set the date of the screening to fit the Mayor's schedule.
Actions speak loudly. Attending a showing of "El Cid" will demonstrate the mayor's commitment to moderation and security. It will defuse the mosque crisis by uniting both sides of the issue, which is everyone's goal.
Please respond as quickly as possible.
Karl Wenclas, El Cid Project, PO Box 22681, Philadelphia PA 19110
(A contact phone# was also included.)