Why would a Muslim write a book about Christianity?

It isn’t as if Fox News has a high bar for journalistic talent or integrity. Lauren Green, however, seems crappy even for Fox News.

Reza Aslan is one of the world’s foremost scholars on the subject of world religions. He recently wrote a book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Amazon). Fox News decided to have Lauren Green “interview” him. The result was simply embarrassing.

Greene demanded to know why a Muslim would write a book about “the founder of Christianity.” To that, Aslan replied, “Well, to be clear, 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.

That wasn’t good enough for this hack. She seemed truly incapable of understanding why anyone with a Muslim background would write about Christianity. Aslan explained to her, with clear irritation but measured patience, “Because it’s my job as an academic. I am a professor of religion, including the New Testament. That’s what I do for a living, actually.”

Finally, toward the end, desperate that she hadn’t gotten a single punch in, Greene runs to try and paint Aslan as dishonest. “You never disclosed you were a Muslim,” she said. Aslan immediately gave her a very polite slap with: “Ma’am the 2nd page of my book says I’m a Muslim.”

All that was missing from the Fox News playbook was her asking him whether he hated America or was working for terrorists. I guess the teleprompter broke.

Anyone who watches Fox News for any other reason than to point and laugh really needs to have their head examined.

14 Responses to Why would a Muslim write a book about Christianity?

  1. misterjeff says:

    I’m buying this book right now just because she was such an asshole.

  2. TimH says:

    Truly impressed by the way he realises that he is being interviewed by an idiot, the audience will likely be idiots, and keeps calmly pointing out that he is a scholar of religion and the book is a historical analysis of a person, not a religion.

  3. G Thompson says:

    He could of really made her head explode (and most of the Fox regular viewers heads as well) be simply explaining that Islam has the same root religion as both Christianity and Judaism.. ie: they are all Abrahamic religions…

    now that would of been awesome and a real miracle! Exploding idiots.. I’d watch that!!! ;)

  4. Aliceccentric says:

    It’s quite telling that a journalist on Fox news doesn’t think that someone can set aside his/her personal beliefs to produce unbiased professional work. Aslan should have asked Green whether or not she can set aside her beliefs to produce unbiased work as a professional journalist. Checkmate. LMAO.

  5. dangerousleanings says:

    That was almost painful to watch. Ever get the feeling that your society is being slowly set up for another round of holy wars? Oh, sorry, let me put that tinfoil hat back in the drawer now.

  6. Note, however, that no one is calling for his death.

    Get the text of his books, and do some word-replacement, and seem what happens when you try to discredit Mohammed…

  7. Think about this; When was the last time you saw Fox News really be objective about any topic? If you are with them, the conversation is great. However, if you do not hold to a belief that is the same as there own, you simply can not have a civil conversation. Fox is basically for the mindless individuals that both need andwish to be lead to what they should be thinking.

  8. The Professor says:

    I am disgusted by this interview. I am speaking as a highly educated bi-racial female (former college instructor). She really made Black women look horrible and ignorant. She is, obviously, a well-spoken woman, indicating a certain level of education. That her complete ignorance and Fox-agenda style of interviewing let her reflect a lack of that education speaks volumes as to what she’s willing to do for her paycheck.

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