A Scholar is Someone Who…

Larry 'n NassauSometime in the recent past I saw John Oliver interview Reza Aslan about his new best seller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Reza Aslan is a Muslim scholar with an obvious interest in the history of religion. What I didn’t see was an interview of Aslan on Fox News where Lauren Green just couldn’t understand why anyone other than a Christian would be interested in the life of Christ. Below is a comment I read online and the line that caught my sense of ironic ridiculousness is at the end where Aslan had to explain what a scholar is.

If that bizarre Fox interview with Reza Aslan was a viral marketing campaign, it was a stroke of genius. The day after an uncomfortable interview in which Fox News religion correspondent Lauren Green repeatedly asked religious scholar Reza Aslan why Aslan, a Muslim, would want to write a book

about Jesus, Aslan’s new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, has skyrocketed to No. 1 on Amazon. In the interview, Green accused Aslan of hiding his faith and asked him why he would be interested in the founder of Christianity. Aslan replied that he notes he’s a Muslim on page two and explains, slowly and clearly, what a scholar is.

In today’s Internet world anyone with a cheap PC and access to the web can establish a blog and be as ill-informed as they wish. I’m okay with that and see it as an extension of basic democracy. But, why the hell would, or should, Fox give Lauren Green a title and a salary to go on the air and be obviously ignorant?

Here’s a video of the Fox exchange. The guest is even speaking slowly and Green still doesn’t get it. Actually, she probably does understand but is being paid to discredit his position in accordance with the conservative aims of Fox. A Muslim brother just can’t catch a break on the network of Roger Ailes.

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