Sherman A. Jackson I am personally unmoved by Ali al-Arian’s unschooled opinion of me. But these are the days of the demagogues. And the demagoguery he so artfully deploys in his invective against me will render many in our community defenseless against the claims and accusations he makes. This includes many who have been students of mine, directly or indirectly. It is primarily to those persons, and the innocent masses beyond them, that I direct this response, in hopes that it may remove some of the pain, confusion and doubt that his essay may have brought to their minds and hearts.