It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate

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  • It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate

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    eBookNews.SimonandSchuster.com To Bonhoeffer, King, Lincoln, and all those who were

    brave enough to stand up to evil and risk losing everything

    to speak the truth and save another man’s life.

    And to those giants who will stand again this time and

    cast a new shadow of righteousness.

    All lives matter.

    Glenn Beck

    Dallas, 2015 C ONT E NT S

    Introduction: Jefferson’s Quran

    PART ONE: Islam 101

    1: Islam and End Times

    2: From Revelation to Empire

    3: Wahhabism and Salafism

    4: Reestablishing the Caliphate

    PART TWO: Thirteen Deadly Lies

    Introduction to Part Two

    Lie #1: “Islam is a religion of peace, and Islamic

    terrorists aren’t really Muslims.”

    Lie #2: “Islam is not much different than

    Christianity or Judaism.”

    Lie #3: “Jihad is a peaceful, internal struggle, not

    a war against infidels.”

    Lie #4: “Muslims don’t actually seek to live under

    sharia, let alone impose it on others; there are so

    many different interpretations of it anyway.” Lie #5: “America is safe from sharia law.”

    Lie #6: “The Caliphate is a fanciful dream.”

    Lie #7: “Islam is tolerant toward non-Muslims.”

    Lie #8: “Addressing frustration, poverty, and

    joblessness in the Muslim world—maybe even

    climate change—will end terrorism.”

    Lie #9: “Critics of Islam are bigots.”

    Lie #10: “Islam respects the rights of women.”

    Lie #11: “Iran can be trusted with a nuclear


    Lie #12: “The Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate,

    mainstream Islamic group.”

    Lie #13: “Islam respects freedom of speech.”

    PART THREE: What Can Be Done


    About Glenn Beck

    Notes I NT RODU C T I ON

    Jefferson’s Quran


    ne block from the U.S. Capitol sits the Library of

    Congress. Housing more than 160 million books, manuscripts,

    photographs, recordings, and maps, it’s the largest library in

    the world. If you put its bookshelves together in a single line,

    they would extend 838 miles.

    ue062e current collection owes its start to one of America’s

    greatest Founding Fathers. Aue09der the Library of Congress was

    burned to the ground by the British during the War of 1812,

    ue062omas Jefferson, then in retirement at Monticello, offered

    once more to be of service to his young nation. Jefferson, who

    owned the nation’s largest private collection of books—6,500

    at the time—offered the entire lot to the newly rebuilt library

    “for whatever price found appropriate.”

    Jefferson was a voracious reader and a distinguished

    intellect. Along with hundreds of books that matched his

    varied interests was a well-worn two-volume set that he

    believed offered his nation a warning.

    Jefferson had bought these volumes, bound in leather and

    (cid:277)lled with yellowed pages that crackled when you turned them, forty years earlier when he’d been a young red-haired law

    student in Williamsburg. By then he’d already developed a

    reputation as a passionate debater in the service of justice—

    even if it meant challenging the laws of the Crown. In 1765, the

    young rabble-rouser had become known for his strident

    opposition to Parliament’s passage of the Stamp Act, the latest

    in a series of unjust taxes imposed by the British on the

    colonies without representation.

    As a student of the law, Jefferson was curious about laws of

    many kinds, including those that had a voice in exotic lands or

    claimed to carry the word of God. ue062at is why, when he

    wandered into the offices of the Virginia Gazette, the local

    newspaper that doubled as a bookstore, one day in October

    1765, Jefferson found the two-volume set so tantalizing.

    Printed in London by a British lawyer named George Sale, the

    books were one of the (cid:277)rst English translations of the Quran.

    Aue09der paying sixteen shillings, ue062omas Jefferson held in his

    hands the holy book of Islam. He kept them among his

    possessions for the following four decades.

    When I (cid:277)rst heard that one of our nation’s Founding

    Fathers owned one of America’s earliest copies of the Quran, I

    endeavored to do some research on it. I was curious as to why

    Jefferson, a man famously curious and cosmopolitan, but also

    skeptical of organized religion, had it in his possession.

    We don’t know exactly how closely ue062omas Jefferson read

    the Quran he owned. We do know that he is the only Founding

    Father to have a basic understanding of Arabic. We do know

    that he promoted and championed the creation of an Oriental languages department at his alma mater, the College of

    William & Mary. And we do know that he would be the (cid:277)rst

    American president to go to war with Islamic radicals.

    It is clear, however, that Jefferson was, to put it mildly,

    suspicious of Islam. He compared the faith with Catholicism,

    and believed that neither had undergone a reformation. Both

    religions, he felt, suppressed rational thought and persecuted

    skeptics. When combined with the power of the state, religion

    would corrupt and sti(cid:280)e individual rights. Islam, to Jefferson’s

    mind, provided a cautionary tale of what happened when a

    faith insisted on combining religious and political power into


    As a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Jefferson

    cited Islam as an example for why Virginia should not have an

    official religion. A state religion, he argued, would quash “free

    enquiry,” as he recorded in his notes at the time. He knew Islam

    held little tolerance for other faiths.

    But Jefferson was neither a bigot nor an Islamophobe. ue062e

    irony of Jefferson’s observations about Islam is that they were

    made in service of an argument that would ensure that

    Muslims—along with Jews, Christians, atheists, and adherents

    of every other faith—would have full citizenship as Virginians,

    and ultimately, as Americans.

    ue062e landmark legislation Jefferson championed, “A Bill for

    Establishing Religious Freedom,” which served as a model for

    the United States Constitution a decade later, ensured that

    there was no official religion of state. Between 1776 and 1779,

    Jefferson draue09ded more than one hundred pieces of legislation,

    but he was most proud of number 82, which is referenced on his gravestone as “the Statute of Virginia for religious

    freedom.” ue062e (cid:277)ercely controversial bill disestablished

    Christianity as the official religion of his state.

    Jefferson’s legislation was nothing short of revolutionary, a

    (cid:277)rst in the history of the world: absolute freedom of religious

    conscience and permanent separation of church and state. And

    as evidenced by his copious notes, Jefferson’s knowledge of the

    Quran and Islam had shaped his views of the importance of

    protecting religious liberty.

    Jefferson believed that everyone should have the right to

    worship, or not to worship, as they choose. It was,

    unfortunately, not a view shared by the Muslims he eventually


    In March 1786, aue09der America had won its independence,

    Jefferson was serving as minister to France, shuttling between

    European capitals to secure commercial agreements. One of

    the thorniest challenges he had to confront was the growing

    power of the Barbary States, four North African territories

    that sponsored marauding pirates who were increasingly

    con(cid:277)scating thousands of dollars in American shipping and

    enslaving hundreds of U.S. citizens in prisons across the


    In London, Jefferson and his fellow diplomat John Adams

    met with the ambassador from the pasha of Tripoli, a man

    named Abdul Rahman, to resolve the growing dispute. The war

    that existed between his nation and America, the ambassador

    explained, “was founded on the Laws of their Prophet.” ue062e

    capture of U.S. ships and people was a just and holy war,

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