Andy Miller is founder and chair of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition. He lost over 100 friends in 9/11. For the next month, he basically sat watching the TV and crying. It took him a long time to find a way of acting. He thought of becoming a sniper — until he decided the army did not need a 40-year-old sniper. He studied Islamic texts to understand what lay behind 9/11. And then, 3 years ago, he founded the Tennessee Freedom Coalition. A recent eye-opener: visiting areas of European cities where non-Muslims are blatantly unwelcome, areas which are even menacing toward non-Muslims.
Majed El Shafie was born in Egypt to a prominent Muslim family of judges and lawyers. Then he converted to Christianity. This led to arrest, torture and a death sentence. Now he lives in Canada, where he is a Christian minister. His experiences prompted him to establish One Free World International, a human rights organization committed to religious freedom. He pressures governments and challenges spiritual leaders on behalf of persecuted people worldwide.
Alain Wagner, from France, is the new director of ICLA, the International Civil Liberties Alliance — which is dedicated to democracy, freedom of speech, and stopping sharia. The goal: to protect and strengthen legal rights that are being challenged throughout the European Union.
Freedom Annie is the local hero of the month — in this case, an internet heroine. She boosts anti-Islam Facebook pages and sites with "breadcrumbs". One site went from hardly any Likes to 5000.
The final person is I.Q. al-Rassooli, who has dedicated 30 years of his life to proving what is the content of the Qur'an, so that no one can disprove his claims. One product: the YouTube series, Idiots Guide to the Qur'an, where hundreds of passages from Islamic religious texts are critiqued — shredded, actually.