“Beck, whose manner is now more soft-spoken than it was in the days when he hosted a daily show on Fox News….”
Translation: “Beck, whom we used to detest but is now saying things that we at CBS News like…”
The article says: “He told Wagner that the fallout from failing to differentiate between Islamists and Muslims could have a dangerous cost: ‘We could see some sort of internment camp situation,’ he predicted, ‘if there is a December 7th.’”
Who is talking about interment camps? Only Leftists and hysterical Never-Trumpers. No one on the Trump team.
How does Beck propose to differentiate between Islamists and Muslims? He can define the difference, but can he tell one from the other? If Beck were President of the United States (heaven forfend), would he implement an “Islamist ban,” and keep all card-carrying “Islamists” out of the country? And what if they didn’t have Islamist membership cards? Would he have them questioned as to whether they believe that “the Qur’an supersedes the Constitution or any country and the country must be run by religious rule”? And how could he determine that their answers were honest?
What Beck and many others like him fail to admit, and perhaps fail to realize, is that there is no reliable way to distinguish “Islamists” from Muslims who are determined to come to the U.S. and be faithful, loyal, productive, patriotic citizens of a pluralistic society in which there is no established religion. Hence the immigration ban from certain countries that are hotbeds of jihad activity and from which numerous jihadis have entered the U.S.
Beck, of course, is famously erratic. In his 2007 book An Inconvenient Book, he said: “I have read the Koran and can tell you that I unequivocally believe that Islam is a religion of peace.” Then in 2015 he published a book entitled It IS About Islam, admitting that there were elements of Islamic teaching that jihadis used to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims.
Beck’s confusion may come from the fact that is an ardent disciple of “moderate” character assassin Zuhdi Jasser, although he sometimes calls him “Juhdi Zasser,” and recently had Jasser on his show again to repeat his defamation of me and other foes of jihad terror as “alt-jihadists,” because we note correctly that al-Qaeda and the Islamic State are working within Islamic teaching and tradition.
On the show, Beck likened us to Nazis, saying to Jasser: “And I see now why you’re calling it the alt-jihad because it is part of the alt-right movement. This all-on [sic] -nothing, Nazi kind of mentality of the alt-right needs all Muslims to be bad.” Now, I do not believe and have never stated that “all Muslims” are “bad,” and this is taking Jasser’s defamation to a new level. We disagree with Jasser about the nature of Islamic teaching and the prospects for Islamic reform. We are trying to preserve free and pluralistic societies. Jasser said this makes us jihadis. Now Beck says it also makes us Nazis.
If Glenn Beck is the man of ethics and integrity he claims to be, he will apologize to me and to Jasser’s other “alt-jihadists,” and engage in a discussion with us, public or private, about the relevant issues.
I won’t be waiting by the phone for his call.
“Glenn Beck defends Muslims in wake of new travel ban,” CBS News, March 16, 2017:
Former Fox News firebrand Glenn Beck said of President Trump’s newly revised travel ban that he agrees that an Islamist threat exists, but he criticized the White House, Congress and the media for failing to explain the difference between Islamists and Muslims.
In an interview with Alex Wagner on CBSN Thursday, Beck, a prominent never-Trumper who supported Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy, said that the vast majority of Muslims in America are “no different than Catholics or Mormons.” An Islamist, on the other hand, believes “that the Koran supercedes [sic] the Constitution or any country” and the country must be run by religious rule. He told Wagner that the fallout from failing to differentiate between Islamists and Muslims could have a dangerous cost: “We could see some sort of internment camp situation,” he predicted, “if there is a December 7th.”
Beck was referring to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. “ We could head someplace we’ve been before and we don’t want to go again,” he warned.
Beck, whose manner is now more soft-spoken than it was in the days when he hosted a daily show on Fox News…