The Third Jihad (2008), a Clarion Project film, explores the rise of Islamist extremism in America. The film reveals how Islamist extremists, driven by a religiously-motivated rejection of Western values, culture and religion, are engaging in a complex strategy to overcome the Western world. In contrast to the use of “violent jihad” and terror to instill fear in “non-believers,” The Third Jihad introduces the concept of “cultural jihad” as a means to infiltrate and undermine Western society from within.
Narrated by Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim-American who served as an officer in the U.S. navy and also as a physician to the US Congress.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
An outspoken defender of women’s rights in Islamic societies, Ms. Hirsi Ali escaped an arranged marriage in Somalia by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992, and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. In 2004, she and director Theo van Gogh made Submission, a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures. The airing of the film on Dutch television resulted in the assassination of van Gogh by an Islamic extremist. Ms. Hirsi Ali now lives in the US where she is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser
Dr. Jasser is the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). AIFD is a startup think tank that supports the expression of Islam as consistent with American democracy and the clear separation of religion and state. A devout practicing Muslim from Wisconsin, Jasser is the son of Muslim-Syrian immigrants. After medical school, Jasser served as a US Navy doctor. He was later an Attending Physician to the US Congress. Jasser has since been in the private practice of internal medicine and nuclear cardiology in Phoenix. He is the immediate-Past President of the Arizona Medical Association.
Sir Walid Phares
Phares is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington. He was Professor of Middle East Studies, Ethnic, and Religious Conflict at Florida Atlantic University from 1993 to 2006. He has published several books and articles in various journals.
Ridge served as a member of the US House of Representatives (1983–1995), Governor of Pennsylvania (1995–2001), Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (2001–2003), and the first US Secretary of Homeland Security (2003–2005).
Ehrenfeld is the Director of the American Center for Democracy. She specializes in issues related to the financial and economic Jihad against the West. She is also a contributing expert on the Terror Finance Blog.
Kelly is the Police Commissioner of New York City. He previously served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, where he managed the agency’s 20,000 employees and $20 billion in annual revenue.
Rev. Eugene Rivers
Rivers is Pentecostal minister based in Boston and is recognized as one of the most effective crusaders against gang violence. President of the National Ten Point Leadership Foundation, he is working to build new grassroots leadership in the worst inner city neighborhoods.
Manda Zand Ervin
Ervin is the founder and president of the Alliance of Iranian Women, an organization that informs world governments and human rights groups of the plight of women and children in Iran. During the Iranian revolution Manda witnessed the execution of many innocent people, the basic human rights of the women of Iran being brutally taken from them, and her homeland reverting back to 6th century Arabia. Alfons Heck passed away on April 12, 2005.
Wayne Simmons was recruited by the CIA in 1973 while in the U.S. Navy. He became part of an Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Group where for 27 years he worked against narco-terrorists and arms smugglers. He is currently working in Afghanistan as a consultant to the US military.
Senator Joseph Lieberman
Lieberman is a United States Senator (Independent Democrat) from Connecticut. In the 2000 presidential election, Lieberman was the Democratic candidate for Vice President, running alongside presidential nominee Al Gore. Alfons Heck passed away on April 12, 2005.
Steyn is a journalist and the author of America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, a New York Times Bestseller.
Giuliani served two terms as Mayor of New York City (1994–2001). He gained national attention for his leadership role during and after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. His leadership during the aftermath earned him the nickname “America’s Mayor.”
Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He specializes in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. Lewis is one of the most widely read scholars of the Middle East, whose advice is frequently sought by policymakers.
Lopez is an intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, homeland security, national defense, and counterterrorism issues. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the CIA, serving domestically and abroad for 20 years in a variety of assignments.
Woolsey served as CIA Director in the Clinton Administration. He is now Vice President of the Global Strategic Security Division at Booz Allen Hamilton.
Dr. Tawfik Hamid
Hamid was born in Egypt to a secular Muslim family. As a teenager Hamid joined Jammaa Islameia, a terrorist organization led then by Ayman al Zawahiri. Hamid was chosen to debate and criticize Christians. To fulfill this role he started to read the Bible and began to realize his fundamental disagreements with terrorism. Hamid began speaking regularly in mosques where he developed a peaceful understanding of Islam, compatible with human rights offered in Western society. Hamid is now a medical doctor who also holds degrees in psychology and education. In media interviews and at lectures at UCLA, Stanford and Georgetown University, Hamid speaks out against Jihadism. His most recent book is The Roots of Jihad.
Phillips is a British columnist and author. Her most recent book is Londonistan, published in 2006. Her articles appear mainly in the Daily Mail newspaper and focus on political and social issues. She has previously written for The Guardian and other publications. Phillips is a regular panelist on the BBC Radio 4 programme, The Moral Maze.
Miller is the FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs. Before joining the FBI, Miller was the LA Police Department’s Bureau Chief for the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence. He is also a former ABC News anchor and reporter. In 1998, Miller conducted a famous interview with Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan.
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