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How to Make the Voice of America Come Through Loud and Clear

The broadcaster’s purpose isn’t just to entertain, or even to inform. It’s to wage the battle of ideas. By Robert Reilly Feb. 17, 2017 in The Wall Street … Continue reading


Defenseless in the Face of Our Enemies
Saturday, June 25, 2016
What keeps America from protecting itself against radical Islam?
Andrew C. McCarthy

Two weekends ago in Orlando, Fla., in the wee hours of the morning, a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub teeming with revelers. After killing and wounding scores of people, he took hostages in a restroom… It should have been possible to see Omar Mateen coming. … Continue reading →


Weaponizing History
Friday, June 17, 2016
Nibras Kazimi

Religious extremists in the Middle East, both Sunni and Shia, wield historical precedence to inform and legitimize their actions and strategies. …Surprisingly, even with an abundance of tools at our disposal, the extremist version of history goes largely unchallenged.

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The Muddled Catholic-Muslim “Dialogue”

Monday, March 21st, 2016
In 2013, the Faith and Reason Institute (parent institution of The Catholic Thing), along with the Westminster Institute, published a monograph that I wrote on The Prospects and Perils of Catholic-Muslim Dialogue. In it, I examined a decade and a half of efforts by the three regional bishops’ conferences to engage in such dialogue. The results were not encouraging. Undeterred, undismayed, and unaware, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has upped the ante by establishing a national Catholic-Muslim dialogue. What can we expect from this? I’m sorry to predict: further confusion.… Continue reading →


Muslims vs. ‘Outlaws of Islam’: Islamic Voices Lead Fight Against Extremists

Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Reposted from National Catholic Register. By PETER JESSERER SMITH On the occasion of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, the president of Egypt delivered a message for the faculty and imams of Al-Azhar University, the oldest Islamic theological school in the world: … Continue reading →


“ISIS and Islam’s Irrationality” — WORLD

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Robert R. Reilly recently gave a talk on the irrationality of ISIS at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. WORLD magazine interviewed him afterward. An excerpt from WORLD: The reason ISIS behaves so irrationally can be traced to a ninth-century … Continue reading →


Poles show up the world in rescue of Middle Eastern Christians

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Recently I saw a riveting new play, My Report to the World: The Story of Jan Karski. In 1943, Karski, a member of the Polish Catholic underground, was the first witness to the Warsaw ghetto and a Nazi concentration camp … Continue reading →


Report on the Rome Colloquium “Amplifying Muslim Voices for Reason & Reform”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
On December 7-8, 2012 The Westminster Institute and the Almuslih Reform Project, in cooperation with the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce held the Rome Colloquium which took as its theme “Amplifying Muslim Voices for Reason & Reform”. The Westminster Institute and … Continue reading →


Counter-Terrorism Policies and Strategies (2001-2014)

Friday, October 10th, 2014
The Westminster Institute has released a chronological overview of the counter-terrorism policies and strategies in the West (2001-2014). All policy documents are hyperlinked to their original source. … Continue reading →


Boko Haram and its Impact

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
The Westminster Institute has released a new briefing on the Boko Haram insurgency. The Boko Haram insurgency is both a national and international problem. It has become increasingly violent and is copying the tactics of other Islamist insurgency groups. Its main … Continue reading →


US Must Remember Its Values and Stand Up for Religious Freedom

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
By Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, Chairman of Westminster Institute and International Director of Barnabas Aid February 14, 2014 The United States has a noble history of upholding and defending civil liberties, religious freedom in particular. It has put these values at … Continue reading →


Muslim Condemnation of Violence Against Christians

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
By Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo Islamist parties were able to take power in the early phase of the “Arab Spring,” but successive populations quickly became disoriented with their less than democratic behavior. Christians were among those hardest hit by the hard-line Islamist … Continue reading →


Syrian Christian Leaders in Washington

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
From January 26-29, 2014, the Westminster Institute and Barnabas Aid hosted a delegation of Syrian Christian leaders in Washington, D.C., in order to raise awareness of the humanitarian catastrophe that the Syrian conflict has become, and to explore concrete steps … Continue reading →


One thousand Days Since the Uprising in Syria: The Battle for the Qalamoun

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
By Rev. Dr. Riad Jarjour December 23, 2013 A few days past the 1000th day since the uprising started in Syria… After nearly three months of popular protests, June 2011 marked a drastic turn in what had been peaceful demands … Continue reading →


Information Operations: Successes and Failures

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Robert R. Reilly discusses in this article how the United States has engaged in a war of ideas with the Middle East since 9/11. He writes that the critical element of public diplomacy has been widely underestimated and ignored by the US government. From his experiences in the Cold War and since 9/11, he has formulated a few brief principles for the conduct of wars of ideas. First, do not go into a war of ideas unless you understand the ideas you are at war with. Second, do not go into a war of ideas unless you have an idea. Third, wars of ideas are conducted by people who think; people who do not think are influenced by those who do. Try to reach the people who think … Continue reading →


The Language of Jihad

November 2009
Many are blaming political correctness for the breakdown in security that allowed the
murders of 12 soldiers and 1 civilian at Fort Hood last week. They suggest that fears over offending a member of a religious minority caused a breakdown in an otherwise functioning security apparatus. Neil Livingstone, a terrorism expert, stated on CBS News, “The Army and everyone else is being too politically correct right now. No one wants to use the M word or the J word — Muslim or Jihadist.” The fact is that this problem runs through the American military and security structures … Continue reading →


Islam: At War With Itself

October 2009
Recent months have seen a number of unexpected and extremely encouraging statements coming out of the Muslim world. Respected, mainstream Muslim leaders in a variety of countries have voiced opinions which are at odds with traditional, conservative Islam. They have challenged aspects of shari’a and are calling for a liberal, modernist, enlightened Islam compatible with We stern norms. Perhaps the most significant of all is a comment by a group of British Muslims calling for an end to the apostasy law and for full freedom in all religious matters.


Shari’a Finance and the U.S. Constitution

July 28th, 2009
With little fanfare, the term “Shari’a finance” has slipped into the American lexicon
as if it were just one more unremarkable feature of America’s ever‐evolving ethnic
landscape. To the extent that it is remarked upon at all, a common argument is that Shari’a finance is like kosher food: each is mandated by its respective religion, and neither threatens the basic freedoms of other Americans. Both arguments are wrong. … Continue reading →

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