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

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

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


weapon.”


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


mainstream Islamic group.”


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


PART THREE: What Can Be Done


Epilogue


About Glenn Beck


Notes I NT RODU C T I ON


Jefferson’s Quran


O


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


one.


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


encountered.


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


Mediterranean.


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,


Thank you for downloading this Threshold


Editions/Mercury Radio Arts eBook.


Join our mailing list and get updates on new releases, deals,


bonus content and other great books from Threshold


Editions/Mercury Radio Arts and Simon & Schuster.


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP


or visit us online to sign up at


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


weapon.”


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


mainstream Islamic group.”


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


PART THREE: What Can Be Done


Epilogue


About Glenn Beck


Notes I NT RODU C T I ON


Jefferson’s Quran


O


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


one.


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


encountered.


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


Mediterranean.


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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