Posts Tagged ‘ Andrew Harrod ’

Can Ayaan Hirsi Ali Liberate Islam from Islamism?

Jul 20th, 2017 | By

Moderate calls for a “paradigm shift that recognizes how violent jihad is intertwined with the ideological infrastructure of dawa,” the “subversive, indoctrinating precursor to jihad.”  The question remains: “Can Islam actually become a religion of peace?”



Former Muslim Nonie Darwish’s Crusade Against Islam

Apr 24th, 2017 | By

By Andrew Harrod, PhD. exclusive to the Religious Freedom Coalition “Islamic values will take any society to Hell,” bluntly concludes Egyptian-American Muslim convert to Christianity Nonie Darwish in her recent book Wholly Different:  Why I Chose Biblical Values over Islamic Values.  With her usual engaging style, she critiques on the basis of personal experience crucial differences between

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Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s Long Road to Islamic Reform

Apr 20th, 2017 | By

By Andrew Harrod, PhD. exclusive to the Religious Freedom Coalition “There has been a lot of positive symbolism” from Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi regarding Islamic reform but little action, stated former American Ambassador Alberto Fernandez on April 3 in Washington, DC.  He and his fellow Hudson Institute panelists examined the enormous difficulties confronting any reform of

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Former CIA Interrogator Looks inside the Jihadist Mind

Dec 20th, 2016 | By

“You may not be in a religious war with me, but I’m in a religious war with you,” recalled former CIA interrogator James Mitchell the views of al-Qaeda (AQ) mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM).  Interviewed on December 6 at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) before an audience of about 70, Mitchell provided chilling, essential insight

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Turkey’s New Islamic Republic

Dec 2nd, 2016 | By

By Andrew Harrod, originally published with The Philos Project. “What I just heard seemed to me to like a recipe for fascism.” So remarked Turkey scholar Gareth Jenkins during a recent lecture on Turkish politics, part of the Middle East Institute’s 2016 annual conference on Turkey. The participants soberly analyzed the dissolution of Turkey’s once

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Islamism’s Recurring Back to the Future Failure

Nov 17th, 2016 | By

By Andrew Harrod, PhD. exclusive to the Religious Freedom Coalition Egypt’s “Muslim Brotherhood is done,” stated the native Egyptian Copt and Hudson Institute Islamism expert Samuel Tadros on November 2 at McLean, Virginia’s Westminster Institute.  Yet his presentation “The Future of Islamism in Egypt” before an audience of about 30 ominously examined how the dangerous ideology of

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Atlantic Council Blames the West’s “Islamophobia”

Nov 1st, 2016 | By

By Andrew Harrod, PhD. exclusive to the Religious Freedom Coalition “What we want to do today is debunk myths,” stated Atlantic Council President Frederick Kempe at the Washington, DC, organization’s October 20 event “Islamophobia:  Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation.”  Yet the panelists merely offered hackneyed arguments diverting attention from current Islamist threats, casting disrepute

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John Esposito: ‘Islamophobia’ a ‘Social Cancer’ in America

Oct 27th, 2016 | By

by Andrew Harrod Independent Journal Review October 21, 2016  http://ijr.com/opinion/2016/10/261197-john-espositos-war-on-cancer/ [IJR title is “Why the War on ‘Islamophobia’ Distracts Us from Legitimate Terrorism Concerns.” The text below differs slightly from IJR’s.] In fact, this claim, which originated with a 2015 New America Foundation (NAF) study of American domestic terrorism, has long since been debunked. Among

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Al Qaeda and ISIS’ Jihad for the Long Haul

Oct 13th, 2016 | By

AQ could eventually absorb an ISIS bereft of its caliphate territory and lacking AQ’s covert expertise. Although tempted to go covert, ISIS’ “central effort is still holding the caliphate together. That is what they centered and built this whole organization around. They lose face if they lose that territory.”



Georgetown University Presents Index Islamophobicus

Oct 4th, 2016 | By

Danger & Dialogue: What American Catholics Think and Write about Islam, found that “Catholic media outlets discuss Islam negatively overall” despite Islam’s supposedly benign nature. Alexander and his fellow panelists desire a new inquisition against “Islamophobes.” “Taking a closer look at the message that is being communicated about Islam—and who is communicating it—should be a priority” for Catholic media.