In It Is about Islam (ISBN: 978-1-5011-2612-3) by Glenn Beck, part of Beck’s “Control” series (although I’m not entirely sure because it doesn’t fit the government overstep discussion that is so central to the other two books in the series), the reader is given a crash course in Islam, then typical media and government lies about Islamic extremism (Beck uses the word “Islamism” for this) are discusses and exposed, and then Beck gives a couple basic suggestions on how to move forward. Based on my own understanding, the background information was solid. I was intrigued to learn about the contact early Americans had with Islam and the process they went through to properly educate themselves about it. The “Lies” section was good. It was likely easy for the research team to gather the material. There was no need to go into statistics or anything like that. Simply gathering material from the Koran, the Hadith, and the words of the extremists themselves, did it and showed just how the extremists come up with what they believe. Finally, there were a couple suggestions on how people should arm themselves with real information and not be willing to be stuck with what the media and politicians try to feed the American public.
I really wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this book. I know a lot of Muslims, largely because I have spent (at the time of this writing) nearly two years in a country that has a majority Muslim population (~51%, but still a majority). Bosnia & Herzegovina, though, is famous for being a Muslim lite country, although that has changed a bit since ISIL came on the scene. I know that the nuts believe they are carrying out the will of God according to the Koran. I also know some really solid people who are Muslims and don’t live anything like the extremists. In the end, I ended up agreeing with Beck’s argument that while there are many Muslims that don’t agree with the extremists, it doesn’t really matter because we’re not worried about them; we’re worried about the extremists because they themselves believe they’re engaged in a holy war and that they themselves are carrying out God’s will according to the Koran. It doesn’t matter what regular Americans think or what elites think or what non-extremist Muslims think. What matters is what the extremists think, and it would behoove us to call it what it is so we can actually move forward against what is a real threat. I was probably most disappointed by the section at the end of the book because it lacked any real, concrete suggestions. The other book in the series have, but this was a bit fuzzier and just asked readers to be educated (one thing I hope to do is read the Koran even though Beck quoted from the Saudi-approved English translation). I agree that’s important, but in our very literal world today, I think that most people need to be given the step-by-step guide. My advice would be to not swallow the lines the politicians are always giving us along with doubting just about anything one hears in the media. Once one figures out the real story, wield the truth and demand justice and common sense by getting vocally and actively involved in local politics. The book gives the example of some city in Texas having a local sharia court. If more people who believed in the Constitution stood up, that wouldn’t be happening.
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