REZA ASLAN stuns Fox news presenter about his book, ZEALOT: THE LIFE & TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH

The ignorance of this presenter is more than embarrassing: it’s apalling! ~J

Published on Jul 28, 2013

Fox News baffled that Muslim author could write book about Jesus

By David Ferguson
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Sunday, July 28, 2013 16:41 EDT

In an interview segment that has to be seen to be believed, Lauren Green, host of Fox News’ faith-oriented program “Spirited Debate,” demanded to know how Iranian-American author Reza Aslan — who is Muslim — could have written his book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth from an unbiased perspective. The interview, which took place on Friday, prompted BuzzFeed political writer Andrew Kaczynski to ask “Is this the most embarrassing interview Fox News has ever done?”

Appearing to mistake Christianity and Islam for rival baseball teams rather than intertwined and connected faiths, Green questioned Aslan’s motives for writing a book about “the founder of Christianity.”

“Well, to be clear,” Aslan replied, “I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim.”

He went on to patiently explain to Green that his book is written from the perspective of a historian, not that of an advocate for Islam. But even as he tried to establish to her that his book is not a hit piece against some kind of rival religious figure, Green didn’t appear to be listening, but rather scanning her iPad for more antagonistic questions to fire at the historian.

“There’s another chat coming,” she said, “and I wanted to get this on before we end this interview. Taylor King said, ‘So your book is written with clear bias and you’re trying to say it’s academic? That’s like having a Democrat write a book about why Reagan wasn’t a good Republican. It just doesn’t work.’ What do you say to that?”

“Well, it would be like a Democrat with a Ph.D. in Reagan who has been studying his life and history for two decades, writing a book about Reagan,” Aslan replied.

“But then why would a Democrat want to promote Democracy by writing about a Republican?” Green asked.

Aslan, showing great forbearance, replied that as a scholar who writes about religions, he writes about Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other faiths.

On Twitter, conservatives are demanding to know why Aslan didn’t write about Mohammed, the Islamic prophet. “C’mon man if you wrote a book critical of Mohamed or presenting him differently you could get killed,” tweeted one.

“I already wrote that book,” Aslan replied. “It’s called No god but God. And I’m still here.”

The flap began several days ago when FoxNews.com published an opinion piece incorrectly asserting that Aslan’s book is critical of Jesus Christ, but never divulges that Aslan is of the Islamic faith. In fact, Zealot says on its second page that Aslan is Muslim.

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9 Responses to REZA ASLAN stuns Fox news presenter about his book, ZEALOT: THE LIFE & TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH

  1. Muse says:

    Obviously, Lauren Green embarrassed herself, and it is also quite obvious that she was not at all prepared for someone as educated and patient as Reza Aslan. One thing to remember, though, is that Lauren Green embarrassed herself for her Cabal masters. Now, Lauren Green may have done preparatory work, but she had to carry out the agenda of the Cabal. I believe the reason Ms. Green brought up the subject of Mr. Aslan’s Muslim faith so much is because she’s been instructed to encourage a feeling of conflict between the Muslim and Christian faiths. Conflict between religions is, after all, just what the Cabal wants.

  2. kibitzer3 says:

    So, having watched the video of the interview, I get it. Christians are under fierce attack, by PC (politically correct) liberals, outright socialists/communists, ‘nondenominational’ atheists – who are feeling their oats these days – and Muslims – who are also feeling theirs. We have a man in the presidential office who is keenly into “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” and in doing so has brought a considerable number of Muslims into his administration (six people directly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood are in key positions in his administration – including in Homeland Security and the FBI), and whose administration supported the judicial destruction of the fundamental Christian position on Marriage; there are moves to activate Sharia law in America; etc etc etc. In short: Christians are feeling very beleaguered these days; and to have a Muslim writing a book about the founder of their faith, which discredits some of their basic religious tenets, brings out all their suspicions, and the lesser angels of their natures. So I ‘get it, as being seen as part of a political process, not just a ‘religious’ one, in the transformation of the socio-econo-political cultural life of the nation.

    Perhaps they would have less to say about myself, a former Christian with no axe to grind – no religious dog in the fight; just a desire to know the Truth about things – who takes exception to the ‘established’ position on the Jesus story, than a Muslim. But at least, let’s ‘give credit where credit is due,’ as they say. And not stand so much for who is right, but what.

  3. Ilex says:

    Looks this was all planned by the cabal to incite more violence against the people of Muslim belief. He’s probably an actor and she’s just feeding the American hatred of Muslims to continue with an old war or to start another or just to keep the 911 fear going. I think by now, however, that most have caught on that 911 was a false flag.

  4. Now THERE is a REAL scholar. His measured delivery in the face of the Interrupting American is entirely courteous, 100% civil and thus entirely superior to that manner of discourse that Americans have come to call “Discussion”.

    On Phaux, of course (as it has been for the longest time now), when a Discussion is on the agenda, normally the Phaux Employee is all too apparently instructed to “dis” the Guest, No Matter What. All too often the thus-ambushed, befuddled, crossed-up and frustrated guest struggles like Sisyphus just to avoid just cussin’. Sometimes with success, occasionally with bleeps or a cut-to-commercial… (Ergo the Very Marketable and Shiny “dis/cussin'” Model of American Mass Infotainment.) But not THIS man!

    One after me own heart, he sure is! From college days, I still remember an account of the Historical Jesus I found in my 7th Edition Unabridged Britannica set. That article included a descriptive letter from a Roman centurion to the Imperial Court in Rome (these days it’d be a Security Letter on a Person of Interest, cyber-coded into a “profile”; the Imperial Court’d likely be the Intelligence Services) regarding the Man from Galilee. That description was SO different from what the local Presbyterians, Baptists and Catholics (all of which State Approved camps had their own version, to be sure) were pushing that I simply had to take note.

    “Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild”? Nice brand. OK. Sure. Also attested to be quite peppery indeed and truly emphatic when pressed – and nonetheless the consummate Torah scholar in the Pharisees’ faces too! (For a rough analogy, one might visualize someone such as Drake Bailey or Neil Keenan directly in Binyamin Netanyahu’s face and on that one’s entirely hypocritical case, if one likes.) He evidently did NOT EVER “back down” from doing the Right Thing at all times.

    Now just ask yourself, Gentle Reader: Why NOT? Then go thou and do likewise, if you will. And that is all. 0{:-|o[

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  6. myosaurus says:

    Great education for Green. The Abrahamic faiths are so intertwined. She & her researchers simply did no preparatory homework.

  7. amakathy says:

    Now THAT was embarrassing, to say the least, for her!!! He was very patient and respectful, although she kept bringing up the Muslim issue to the point of embarrassment. Whew!

  8. pam says:

    I bet she had some regrets after the show. Wow, so inappropriate!!

  9. Aphrodite says:

    Wow! At least he had great come backs!

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