Glenn vs. CNN: Which questions should we be asking?

On his TV and radio programs this week, Glenn has brought up a list of seven questions about Islam CNN asked following the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris earlier this year. In the wake of most recent Paris terrorist attack, these questions seemed even more applicable than ever.

But are they really the right questions?

Glenn shared his reaction, offering some thoughts, answers and a slew of new questions to consider when thinking about Islam and its radical adherents.

1. DOES ISLAM ENCOURAGE VIOLENCE?

CNN's Answer: Scholars say there is rarely a direct link between religious beliefs and violent behavior. Instead, terrorism is generally caused by a complex web of factors.

Glenn's Answer: Other religions really don’t have this problem. I don’t see millions of Buddhists blowing themselves up. There are 2.2 billion Christians, and I haven’t heard of any Christian terrorist attacks lately. So, let’s deal with reality. Over 100 million Muslims do want to murder non-Muslims. Something is wrong, and it’s destabilizing the world. So, forget the hurt feelings, let’s get to the bottom of things now.

2. WHY HAVE THERE BEEN SO MANY RECENT ATTACKS BY EXTREMIST MUSLIMS?

CNN's Answer: There's no single answer. Instead, experts say there are a range of reasons, from personal motives to global movements, from ancient doctrines to modern technology... Alienated or impoverished youths... Fantasies of revenge for perceived slights... Easy access to lethal weapons.

Glenn's Answer: Well, CNN, I’d just like to point out there is poverty all around the globe, but only one really super large group has a suicidal worldview. I don’t really see Native Americans blowing things up, and they’ve been pretty “slighted” over the years. Weapons, by the way, are inanimate objects and do not convert people into extremists. Maybe it’s just me.

3. HOW DO MANY MUSLIMS FEEL RIGHT NOW?

CNN's Answer: In a word: frustrated.

Glenn's Answer: I think, CNN, that’s the wrong question. Here are some better questions. For instance, how do the people of Paris feel today? How do the people in New York City feel? How do the people in Iraq and Syria feel? How do the families of the Coptic Christians who were beheaded feel? How about the families of the passengers on the Russian airliner that was just blown up a couple of weeks ago, how do they feel? Or the families of the victims of the bombings in Beirut that happened last week, how do they feel? Or the families of 147 that were killed a couple of weeks ago in Kenya, how do they feel? Or the families of the 67 in the Nairobi mall, that massacre, how do they feel? I’m wondering, because I’m pretty sure many Muslims are frustrated, but I'm wondering if CNN could ask how those (other) people feel.

4. DOES ISLAM REALLY BAN ALL IMAGES OF THE PROPHET MOHAMMED?

CNN's Answer: In some ways, the prophet's prohibition was a reaction against the other religions circulating through Islam's Arabian birthplace. Mohammed had seen some of those faiths make idols and gods of their prophets and messengers, and wanted to ensure Muslims' attention would focus on God alone. Many modern Muslims follow that advice, and several told CNN this week that they consider any images of Mohammed to be blasphemous.

Glenn's Answer: Again, CNN, wrong question. The question should be every time there’s a cartoon of Mohammad, seems like somebody gets murdered. What the hell are you guys doing to clean up your own house on that one? That’s a good question.

5. WHY IS MOHAMMED SO IMPORTANT TO MUSLIMS?

CNN's Answer: All religions revere their founding prophets, but for many Muslims, Mohammed is not just the messenger. He's an embodiment of the perfect believer and a symbol of the faith... But Islamic tradition also emphasizes that Mohammed was just a man, as fallible as the next guy.

Glenn's Answer: [Ignored]

6. DOES ISLAM NEED A REFORMATION?

CNN's Answer: The idea of an Islamic Reformation has been building for more than a decade, with some saying that it's already ongoing and others arguing that no two religions follow the same historical path. (Christianity began its Reformation, splitting Catholics and Protestants, in the 16th century.)

Glenn's Answer: Only 100 million people want to behead or enslave or rape or behead or crucify or just blow them up. I mean, of course it needs a Reformation. Yes, the simple answer is yes. And it has to start with the truth, and the truth is there’s a problem. It’s a big problem, and it is not about poverty. It’s not about global warming. It’s not about guns. It’s not about American foreign policy. It’s not about offensive cartoons. It is about Islam.

7. HOW CAN THE EXTREMISTS BE STOPPED?

CNN's Answer: Farah Pandith, a former special representative to Muslim communities for the U.S. State Department, called extremism a "generational problem." ... "How are ISIS and Al-Qaeda building their armies? They're building their armies with recruits," Pandith said. "We have to stop the recruitment."

Glenn's Answer: Exterminate them. (Glenn made this suggestion on Facebook.)

Glenn wrapped up his monologue with the following remarks:

People will call me an Islamophobe, a bigot, a racist, all kinds of names. Because I’ve said it, some may, some day, call me dead, but that’s okay. The truth will set you free. It will make you miserable at first, but eventually it sets you free. If I have to be the adult in the room that makes sure that everybody gets their medicine, spoonful of sugar, so be it. It may be painful, but in the long run we’re all better off. Christians, Jews, gays, women --- and yes, even Muslims, will be better off with the truth.

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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