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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


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    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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