Beck explains how these people are obeying the Quran as they understand it. He reproduces passages as printed in translations widely used in Islam. Anticipating reader response, he acknowledges the Old Testament is full of bloody battles fought in the name of the God of Israel. Beck reminds the reader that Jesus of Nazareth, whom Christians follow, taught that old things were done away. He came to teach a way of peace, tolerance, and love. Apologetically, at a prayer breakfast earlier this year, President Obama advised, “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” To that, Beck counters the Crusades were a reaction to the unprovoked jihad of Islamist Saracens.
Islam is frequently described as a religion of peace. Its name, we are told, comes from the word “salam,” which means peace. Some, but not all scholars, however, argue Islam comes from the word “islam” which means “submission.” The radicals take this seriously. Passages from the Quran are cited to divide the world into “true believers” of “the way” and second-class people. Islamist jihadists follow scriptures to convert, subjugate, or kill Muslims who “aren’t Muslim enough,” Christians, Jews, Hindus, atheists, and all others. For example, while building the “new” Caliphate in 642 A.D. Islamists stormed Armenia, killing 12,000 and enslaving 35,000. It is commonly argued today’s Islamists want to take civilization back to the 7th century.
Beck recounts numerous instances through history of Islamists slaughtering or enslaving those they conquer who refuse to submit. They went back and slaughtered another 1.5 million Christian Armenians in 1915. In North Africa, where the Caliphate is spreading, Christians are given the choice of converting, paying a tribute as second-class citizens, or death. At least some religious leaders prefer subjects to choose to pay the tribute, not embracing Islam in name but expending one’s energy to fuel Islamism while following prescribed behaviors just the same. Cultures based on conquest and predation are notorious for having deficient productive sectors.
Through the years, Beck has been ridiculed as a paranoiac for warning about the creation of a Caliphate. Yet, in 2005 al-Qaeda’s 20-year plan, to usher in the End Times, was published by Fouad Hussein, a Jordanian journalist who managed to infiltrate and imbed himself in strategic places. The plan, beginning in 2000, has seven phases, each lasting three to four years, which are thus far falling into place like clockwork. In Phase I, Islamists sought to open up the battlefield in the Western Hemisphere. This got off to a bang with 9/11. Phase II worked on recruitment with shocking acts on social media. Phases III and IV worked to soften and conquer nations in the Middle East and North Africa, spurred by the Arab Spring. The current Phase V (2013-2016) called for the establishment of an Islamist state, or Caliphate. This, too, has been accomplished. Phase VI is to be characterized by all-out war, and Phase VII will establish the Caliphate as the world’s only superpower.
Aiding and abetting are the tools in Europe and America, not the least of whom are heads of state, reporters, and college professors. Beck says readers will know the drill. Somebody commits an atrocity. Prior to the act, the perp releases a video announcing his upcoming act of jihad, often with references to the Quran or Muhammad. The family describes the perp as a martyr for the cause. Then, “Before the day is out, talking heads in the media are showcasing a parade of Ph.D.’s and government officials calmly telling the audience that this, in fact, has nothing to do with Islam.” Beck says this has played out 25,000 times since 2001.
And Americans are being trained to lay down and take it. “Our universities are teaching students how to use victimhood, grievance, and taking offense as tools of control. Students are being taught socially acceptable ways to censor each other, to control each other’s speech, and to suppress beliefs they don’t agree with.” Beck likens this to “suppression fire” used to help military forces advance. To illustrate, Beck recalls threats and/or gunfire following publication of depictions of Muhammad in Jyllands-Posten and Charlie Hebdo, Pamela Geller’s “Draw the Prophet” contest, and an unaired episode of South Park.
The mass media rushed in to say the ability of one group to make others follow their religion trumps the ability of individuals to practice free speech. For those unfamiliar with the Bill of Rights, Americans are supposed to be guaranteed the freedom to worship and speak as they please so long as they don’t drag others into it. In these incidents, the cartoonists were demonized for insensitivity, and their murderers were deemed justifiably provoked. The United Nations Human Rights Council responded with Resolution 16/18, which urged world leaders to “adopt measures to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief.” Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to help the Organization of Islamic Cooperation pass the resolution with “some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming.” Backpedaling by the once bold cartoonists who rip Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and everything but Islamism is best summarized by a statement from Jyllands-Posten: Violence works.
Beck argues radical Islam cannot coexist with the US Constitution because in Sharia law people are not equal. Women count half as much as men in certain legal disputes, and unbelievers are automatically second-class. The book debunks thirteen lies people repeat that advance the cause of Islamism. “They’ve even tried to make global warming the explanation for why ISIS terrorists have undertaken a campaign of murder sweeping the Middle East.”
In the end, Beck admits he is powerless to change the radical Islamists. He can only change himself. He encourages all to resist shame and intimidation and take a stance, because not taking one is standing up for the opposition. Speak without fear, he advises, and trust God.