One of the major themes of The Project is the challenges faced by anyone who tries to identify radical Islam and the danger it poses to America. Anyone who speaks out about the threat is condemned, despite the fact that they are looking to stop a radicalized group. In the clip above, Stephen Coughlin explains the challenges he faced when he was charged with becoming an expert on Islamic law in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. His findings led to political discord despite the fact that brigade commanders found his research to be invaluable because it links the War on Terror directly to Islam, something that went against the mainstream narrative that tried to distance the religion from the terrorists. But as Coughlin points out in The Project, his job was not to define true Islam, but rather to define the Islam that drives extremists to kill regardless of whether or not it follows the true teachings of the faith.