A ‘New York liberal’ talks to Glenn about a topic the mainstream media won’t cover

Over the course of the last few months, Glenn has sat down with several individuals who could only be described as “strange bedfellows.” On Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, the trend continued with self-described “New York liberal” and author Joy Brighton joining the program to discuss her new book Sharia-ism Is Here: The Battle to Control Women and Everyone Else. In the book, Brighton seeks to distinguish the religion of Islam from the politics of what she has termed “Sharia-ism.”

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“I’m sitting with you because I wasn’t invited by CNN or MSNBC, because something about what I’m saying today, they don’t want said,” Brighton said. “Which is symptomatic [of] the problem.”

Brighton defines Sharia-ism as a “political movement to control,” and she compared it to communism or fascism. While communism and fascism never took real hold in the United States, Brighton argues that Sharia-ism has because it operates under the “cover of religion” and an enormous number of “petrodollars.”

“What I do is pull it apart and say, okay, let’s put the religion over here… Islam is a religion… And let’s look at the politics over here,” Brighton explained. “And when you start looking at the politics over here, you get a sense of what’s going on because there’s this new bully on the street. And this bully is walking around stepping on women’s rights and free speech. But every once in a while he mentions religion, and everybody backs away. So he’s getting a free pass to do all this because, well, you know, we don’t want to go there. And this is what’s going on.”

According to estimates, hundreds of thousands of women in the U.S. have suffered female genital mutilation and forced marriages. Brighton said young women are being sent to countries like Pakistan and Sudan where they are forced to marry “some strange relative” and bring him back to the United States.

“Now she’s under the thumb of a Sharia-ist,” Brighton said. “She doesn’t even experience Islam, the religion! She experiences control.”

While Glenn and Brighton might not see eye-to-eye on many things, he greatly admires her resolve and bravery.

“I will tell you, I think you’re an amazingly brave woman… I mean, good for you, good for you. Shame on CNN, shame on MSNBC, shame on anybody. This is honestly… the book that you have been looking for,” Glenn concluded. “Strange bedfellows indeed. But yet, not so much.”

  • Tracey Hayes

    “They”, meaning liberals, don’t want what you’re saying to be heard BECAUSE, truly they are NOT for women and women’s rights. They have their own agenda and if you look close enough, you will see things that terrify you.

  • Tracey Hayes

    The Obama admin. wants Islam and Sharia Law to take over America, wake up people!

  • Anonymous

    she says when they mention religion, the media backs down. No, when they mention the religion of islam, they back down. If Christians were doing what the Muslims are doing here or in other countries, it would be exposed and it would be shut down. BHO and friends have done more to further the cause of islam than any other admin. Also, you really can’t separate the religion from the ideology it goes together. This is not a religion of peace so it is not “great” as she says, to convert to Islam! Goal of Islam-take over in the name of allah by persecution/force or kill the infidel. They us her liberal pc dem. friends to get away with everything they do here. They will shut us up in the name of religous discrimination all the while trampling on my religious freedom to express what I know to be true. Mine says love your neighbor and love God. Not one iota of love in theirs.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Ms. Brighton for writing this book and shedding the light of day on this insidious evil. It is time that all good people stand up to these terrorists, call them out, make a public example of them, do not allow them to continue their bullying and stamp out the nonsense wherever and whenever this utter trash is found. They hide behind “religion” but I for one don’t care about their idiotic beliefs and this should not be tolerated on any level. Thanks for airing this segment Mr. Beck.

  • HoneyTree EvilEye

    She’s not acknowledging only Islam gets that kind of “respect” and is wrong to say, “She doesn’t even experience Islam, the religion! She experiences control.” THAT IS ISLAM MORON. Dems are ignorant morons. Also disagree with the line, “While communism and fascism never took real hold in the United States” what do you think the Democrats have always been pushing? It’s not new that they push it, they’re just getting ballsier. For some reason Barack Obama being an unapologetic Communist made it okay for the rest of them to step out and finally proclaim, that’s what the party is all about. Total government control, redistribution of wealth, etc…Obama wants Islam because he is Islam. Jeremia Wright was quoted years ago saying he ” I “Made It Comfortable” For Obama to Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam.”

  • Dallas El Cazador

    Islam does not separate religion and politics. It’s a complete system of religion, politics, and judiciary, with Shari’ia being the manifestation of the blend. She’s another clueless Dem whiner who looks through a telescope backwards at a subject she’s decided to froth about, without any foundation of knowledge of the Muslim system. As a New York socialist, she’s voted multiple times for people who either agree with or have decided they’re comfortable with Shari’ia and their treatment of women. She needs to turn that telescope around, and then put it down and look in the mirror for an enabler of Shari’ia

  • Anonymous

    Abuse of women is abhorrent. I wonder if Brighton doesn’t think there’s adequate protection under the law. Don’t these women have the right to divorce and sue their husbands for abuse? Nothing will change if they don’t. Female genital mutilation is not supported by any religion. The practice is a felony in the US for girls under 18 punishable by a five year prison term. I wonder why women are consciously converting to Sharia-ism knowing they’ll be oppressed. These women need to make a different choice, divorce their husbands and sue them for abuse or nothing will change. They need to fight for their rights in court. I hope there’s a support group for these women to turn to for guidance on suing their husbands. Funny Glenn points out that Sharia is oppressive to gays when his own religion believes it’s sinful for them to be together.

  • Anonymous

    I beg to differ on one point. Those experiencing these atrocities are experiencing Islam in all it’s perverted glory. It is a religion of evil.
    Of course the liberals can’t acknowledge this as they view all religions as equal and God as an invention of the human mind. Fortunately for us God sent His son Jesus to atone for our sin and provide a way to repent and flee from false religions.

  • Anonymous

    Many of them can’t for fear of the husband or family. There are still honor killings even here. It’s a sick, twisted ideology.

  • Anonymous

    Then someone like Brighton who understands the issue should raise money for a safe-house for families in danger to escape. They need to fight for their lives like so many oppressed people have. It’s very puzzling why American women are increasingly choosing this lifestyle as Brighton describes.

  • Rob

    it is good to see a Liberal getting a taste of her own medicine.

  • Deckard426

    It’s always nice when a Columbia liberal can make the transition from hawking hedge funds for bankrupt Wall Street scam-artists like Lehman Brothers, to begging conservatives for money.

  • Anonymous

    Only Democrats would allow Sharia Law, Democrats are waging the war on women, but many women struggle with truth

  • Anonymous

    Landree:

    As horrifying as this may sound; people choose authoritarian cults in order to avoid personal responsibility. Free will is a privilege that comes with ultimate individual responsibility – for some, a heavy burden.

  • Jason Story

    There was a interview with Larry King where Obama says “My MUSLIM faith”. After he said that, you could hear another guy in the background trying to whisper “your CHRISTIAN faith” then Obama corrects himself. This happened on live TV so it couldn’t be taken back. People do not confuse their religion like that. Those 3 words spoken by Obama proves he is Muslim but he still lies. I just don’t understand why people who have seen this interview still don’t realize he is truly Muslim.

  • Jason Story

    Female genital mutilation may or may not be supported by Islam but it is happening. That said, it is supported by Muslims because it is very prevalent in Muslim controlled nations. I have not studied the Qur’an but many of the Mullahs support it and I am pretty sure they know the Qur’an better then anyone writing comments on Glenn Becks page.

  • Jim

    Have you ever heard of honor killings? One daughter has her throat cut while the other watches…for talking to a boy at school without a brother present. The wife also sees it. Many times she helps hold the girl down while she is killed. Fear is a powerful motivator!

    By the way, when has Glenn ever said anything against gay people? Give one example! I don’t think he’s even said anything against gay marriage. He wants the gov out of the marriage business, but how is that anti-gay?

  • Davd Williams

    You mean like liberalism?

  • NPC

    And he can stand back and smile and play innocent. This act has been masterfully played while the subjects stare up in awe.

  • Anonymous

    You may be right in the case where a westerner switches to Sharia. With organized religion, however, indoctrination and ritual transcend generations because minds are shaped from birth.

  • Anonymous

    Like I said, women will have to fight for their respect. If our laws don’t protect women enough from mutilation then victims need to get the issue in front of the courts.

  • Anonymous

    Fear is a powerful motivator indeed. That’s how North Korea and mafias work. In the US, however, we have laws and if they’re not good enough, women need to start suing their husbands for abuse or nothing will change.

    I’m not aware of anti-gay remarks made by Glenn, only that his religion views gay relationships as sinful.

  • Lynelle Hullsiek

    I call horse fecal matter on the distinction between the religion and the bully. The religion IS the bully. Wake the eff up. ETA: islam is a totalitarian political ideology – period!

  • Lynelle Hullsiek

    Yes, specially when the whole effing culture they’re surrounded in, is that same way. And to Davd Williams’s comment below – yes, just like liberalism.

  • Gayla Recktenwald

    It might appear that these people get a pass partly because of religion, but… lately, people of the Christian faith are not getting a pass by the mainstream media on anything they do or say. So, I’m thinking the reason of freedom of religion is a convenient excuse for some folks to give these people a pass but its not the ‘real’ reason. There is a level of tolerance for some groups only. The connection to oil may have a large part in it and also the fact that there is a large number of foreign students from countries where Sharia Law is prevalent enrolling in American Universities and also there are an increasing number of professors from these locales. Also, the tech sector is becoming highly populated by workers from these locales and people are afraid to speak against them.

  • LadybugJ

    Islam is a political ideology under the guise of religion. Sad that so many will follow something so evil.

  • Jason Story

    Yes they will, I will not argue that point. I just wanted to state that people intentionally mislead us about Islam and its ideals. Unless we actually study the Qur’an in depth, we have to rely on what others tell us about it but so many people contradict each other that what you have to really rely on is what you see happening. Same thing with Christianity. So many different people are always contradicting each other and the teachings of both Islam and Christianity. I am Christian by the way but I don’t believe everything a pastor teaches in church either. In this age of liars, you have to study the teachings yourself or you will end up being mislead by some “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

  • Anonymous

    what’s truly sad is that they’ve gotten so good at CONVINCING people that certain infringements are VITAL to us…that, not only do we BELIEVE the crap the shove down our throats but, we actually DEMAND they place these infringements upon us in the name of security!! That is what Rom Emanuel meant when he said ‘never let a crisis go to waist’. How fortunate for these people that there’s mass shootings in schools and shopping centers, and terrorist threats in train stations etc……this is how they make us DEMAND these certain infringements…..And they know we’re so EASILY controlled…that here come’s SHARIA LAW!!…I’ve heard that a Michigan politician actually LOVES the idea of Sharia Law!….It won’ be long before American women are hiding their faces behind berka’s and being publicly beaten, or even executed, for talking to a man who is not related to them!!

  • Jim

    So are you saying that Glenn belongs to the only religion that has issues with homosexuality? I can’t think of any that support it. I personally don’t hold those views. “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” Jefferson! It’s none of my business whether you like chocolate ice cream or vanilla. I don’t care if he worships Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. If it makes him a better person, how does that hurt anyone? I will agree with you that Muslim women need to step up and defend the lives of their daughters. It’s an uphill battle though. Most of them have been taught from childhood that Allah has determined their place as property of their men. How do you argue against your god…when the result is a beating…or worse? “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. Harriet Tubman.

  • Anonymous

    I did not say Glenn belongs to the only religion that has issues with homosexuality. I did point out that Glenn accuses Islam of being oppressive to gays while his own religion believes gay relationships are sinful. You just articulated my problem with organized religion. I respect your libertarian point of view, but while religious fundamentalism and zealotry may never directly harm you, I believe it causes deep psychological captivity that jumps generation to generation. Our country’s laws are the only tool we have to fight the injustices caused by religious zealotry. Our laws may never be perfect, but are on a just path. These laws may have been inspired by Judeo-Christian teachings, but I’d prefer free thinking judges unencumbered by the boundaries of religion set societies rules of behavior while maximizing freedom.

  • Mary in South Jersey

    Actually, many “christian” churches such as the Episcopal Church in America not only support homosexuality, they ordain openly gay ministers/bishops. Homosexuality makes up maybe 1% of a congregation, where as obesity via the sin of gluttony makes up 66% of the congregation. Point is.. we ALL sin. There is no need to throw stones and finger point, but rather strive to live our own lives according to the Gospels. As far as the Muslim women are concerned, 99% of them are not mentally prepared to stand strong against the system. Where would she go? She probably grew up in an community of sorts and has had little interaction with the American girl next door. Her TV has been limited. Her Internet limited. She is a virtual prisoner just trying to survive. Doing what she is told is the way to survive. It’s all very , very, very , sad.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe we need to study scriptures to judge what’s right. An atheist can know to do no harm to people. If I never read the Bible, I’d know it’s wrong to intimidate or abuse any person. It’s not very hard to figure out.

  • Anonymous

    Well said.

  • Anonymous

    Some liberal points of view are as rational as some conservative ones. I think you may be referring to liberal policies that are abused by some people.

  • Jim

    There must be a place for God in politics! Without Him we descend into the French revolution, which became a bloodbath. Children were taken to the guillotine. We need to know that a higher power is watching over us! For example…do you have kids? Did you ever tell them “Santa’s watching” to get them to behave? I do…and I did. Believe it or not, it made them wonder and kept their behavior more honest. Of course there was more involved. I’m not an overly religious person, but I do believe in a higher power and an after-life judgement of some sort. Without that over site, we become “survival of the fittest” rather than “equality under law”.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t you just tell your kids to behave because I said so and because nobody wants to be subjected to your bad behavior? When I was a child my mother and father forced me to be alone in my room until I was ready to respect the peace that was enforced in our household. I got the message. I spent grammar school and high-school in parochial school and no lesson I learned there ever meant more to me than my parents message of respecting people. As long as people have what they need, I don’t believe society would regress in lieu of religion like you describe. On the other hand, if people are subjected to suffering like from energy or food shortages, no amount of religion will prevent a “survival of the fittest” situation.

  • Jim

    Do they use the King James Bible or have they written a new one? If they use that Bible, it’s in their doctrine. Don’t misunderstand. I’m for equal protection under law. Gay marriage? Get the government out of the marriage business and let people marry whoever they want! What you do in private is between you and God. It’s none of my business!

    You’re right about muslim women. They are basically slaves. They are not allowed to go anywhere without a male escort. They are beaten if they allow a lock of hair to show. If they are raped and can’t provide 4 male witnesses, the accusation is used against them as a confession of adultery. They can be imprisoned, beaten, stoned, or forced to marry the rapist. Girls have their clitoris’ cut off when they reach puberty so they will never know sexual pleasure…no anesthetics. I can’t imagine the pain! Talking to a boy at school(if they are allowed to be educated) without a male family member present could result in “honor killing”. The father cuts her throat while the mother holds her down and the sister watches…just so she gets the message. Did I miss anything? Am I wrong? Please correct me. I pray that I’m wrong!

  • Jim

    You obviously don’t have kids! To be honest, we have good girls. The misbehaviors were minor. We used “because I said so”, which implies force will be used if they don’t comply. We used the “time out” chair…”go to your room”…”no allowance”. “Santa is watching” actually worked. Was it honest? Not entirely…unless you understand that “Santa” is another way of saying “God is watching”. I didn’t force my kids into church every week because I had bad experiences with it as a child, and haven’t found a church that I agree with enough to spend the time and money on, but they need to know that a higher power is watching.

  • Anonymous

    The author doesn’t mind leaving her liberal creds long enough to sell her book on a conservative show. I don’t need her book to know about islam, thats why I am a conservative.

  • Jason Story

    Thats not what i was saying. You can know right from wrong without any religious text. What I meant is that you cant truly know a certain religion and its ways without studying its teachings.

  • HoneyTree EvilEye

    They’re dumb enough to believe the left saying he’s not Muslim, never been Muslim…It’s absurd.

  • Anonymous

    I understand. But the teachings have to be interpreted.

  • Anonymous

    Go purchase her book so she can use the money to support abortion, confiscation of guns, amnesty, homosexuality, Obamacare. Will she care about Sharia once she’s got the money from book sales? Can we trust a person who’d label you a racist for disagreeing with a black president? Glenn distanced himself from that bigot out in Nevada but called this liberal a bed fellow. She is no friend to have even if she is an enemy of our enemy. Sharia is wrong but we don’t need liberals as allies since they almost never compromise on issues.

  • Julie

    Nonsense. You don’t need a new word. You can’t separate the religion from it’s politics. They are one and the same. Islam is total control. Don’t muddy the waters. There is not a separate book for politics, religious belief, social rules, military. It’s all the Qu’ran.

  • Julie

    It’s one thing to be against gay marriage with the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, hardly an unreasonable position and oppression and murder of gay people. Your reasoning about fundamentalism and zealotry sounds like every sophomoric argument to accept all things. Your lib “tolerance” doesn’t extend to those who believe in God does it. On one hand you concede that our country and it’s Constitution are based on Judeo-Christian philosophy and a just path but on the other prefer the Godless unbound by morality of a communist style system. What would be the standards? Look to communist countries free of God and nature’s laws and tell me who is better off. I’ve found that people who have a problem with organized religion prefer relativity and rationalization.

  • Julie

    Here’s an idea. By a Qu’ran. Read it. Read a few history books on islam. Read some first hand accounts of people who’ve escaped islam. Study. Research. Check the web for info on the ongoing massacres of Christians happening daily in muslim countries. There is no reason to be ignorant unless you choose to be in which case you can go on saying maybe we’re being misled and stay aloof from the problem. Read the hadiths too.

  • Julie

    You like all of FOX bought the MSM edited version. Pretty funny. Instead of questioning the MSM account they all turned tail and ran. The man has the backing of a lot conservative black people including Bundy’s black ex-seal bodyguard. Drinking the Kool-Aid?

  • Anonymous

    Morality defined by God can vary arbitrarily depending on the God or scripture. Fundamentalists believe God’s word is beyond human critical analysis and simply must be obeyed. I believe that objective morals naturally exist in societies of self-aware beings. This is not necessarily relativism. Nature maximizes genetic copies, which contradicts your idea that an atheistic society would devolve to “survival of the fittest”. Altruistic cooperation among humans is as natural as soldier ants sacrificing themselves for good of others. From this, love, tolerance, selflessness and other “good” behaviors can be rationalized. Both theists and atheists can find wide agreement on moral behavior. Religions that teach that gay behavior is immoral do so arbitrarily, not naturally. Shaming gay people into heterosexual procreation may unnaturally expand a gay gene pool. Our laws should promote freedom that includes freedom to obey religious rules, nor not. Fortunately, courts across the country are quickly finding that they should not force an arbitrary religious rule that gay marriage is immoral onto those that don’t believe in that religious rule when there is no natural consequence or harm to people.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    I’ve never heard of Joy Brighton. She doesn’t represent any consensus of liberal thought anymore than the guy on the street corner raving about the end times represents Christianity.

    No one is going to make me conform to Sharia codes anymore than someone is going to make me become a Muslim or a Baptist.

    If by some coincidence there is some rationale code that is also Sharia compliant doesn’t take me down the path of setting up an Islamic state.

    This whole topic is malarky. This woman should get a soapbox and some deserted corner to rant from and nothing more.

    Glenn how much did they pay you to have her on your show and who wrote the check?

  • Shaun Robert Milligan

    It’s all terrifying, Both sides. Theres like a small handful of true politicians and the rest are just cronies to the almighty banks. The destruction of an ethical christian America is underway. Im not into organized religions and i can see it. I’ve also noticed the increasing amount of radicalism within our country, giving the government license to militarize the police. ETC………. This country has become insane.

  • Shaun Robert Milligan

    Their agenda is moving along faster then they expected. Our gun rights were supposed to be gone at this point. That’s their mistake. because when the government comes calling there are going to be ALOT of people answering with bullets. And thats why they are now armed with hollow point bullets. They plan on shooting to kill, whether you fight back or not. Welcome to Agenda 21.

  • PK421

    But Madonna said he was a black muslim and the crowd cheered. Insanity.

  • Jason Story

    I dont need to, nor do i want to. I don’t know what Islam says but I know what the people of Islam practice. I am Christian and I do know about the persecuting and murdering of Christians in Islamic countries (especially in Africa). They are intolerant and violent when it comes to other religions and that is how Islam started. Mohammed waged war across the Arab world, enslaving and murdering people of different faiths. He was a war monger and the people who follow his example are war mongers. Jesus on the other hand, never laid a hand on a single person (except to heal them).

  • Omar