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The Hindus and Sikhs suggested I contact certain powerful Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim women in India as well as Taslima Nasreen, originally from Bangladesh, who had to flee her homeland and was given asylum first in Europe, then in India, and now perhaps elsewhere again.

Andrew Upton, a Jewish lawyer, despaired about “liberal” Jews who are “responsible for giving legitimacy to Islamic extremists in many parts of the country.” He strongly believes that if liberal Jews would allow themselves to really learn the facts about jihadic terrorism and Islamist fundamentalism, they would have to change their minds about almost everything.

Charles Jacobs, co-founder of the David Project, talked about how the fight will be “mosque by mosque,” with small battles and not with sweeping, feel-good gestures. Charles mentioned that his organization knows more about radical Islam in New England than the FBI does. In fact, his group actually does consulting for the FBI. The David Project made a heroic effort to resist the establishment of a radical Saudi-funded mosque in Boston.

The jihadist war against civilization is global, and what is needed is a global coalition with representatives of every religion, every ethnicity, every skin color, and, of course, both genders. The Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam is the nucleus, the model, for what we need.

Long may they live and prosper.

About the Author: Dr. Phyllis Chesler is a professor emerita of psychology, a Middle East Forum fellow, and the author of fifteen books including “Women and Madness” (1972), “The New Anti-Semitism” (2003), and her latest, “An American Bride in Kabul” (2013). Her articles are archived at www.phyllis-chesler.com.


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