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Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done?


You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?" Fox News' Lauren Green demanded of religious scholar Reza Aslan, author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," on Friday.

Aslan responded, "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."

The answer did not seem to satisfy Green, so Aslan added, "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."

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Not just Bigotry

Pride (R.)
Greed (R.)
Anger (R.)
Envy (D.)
Lust (D.)
Sloth (D.)
Gluttony (I.)

Leges sine moribus vanae

I'd put greed as a D.

Wanting to keep your own wealth isn't greed. Greed is wanting to take others'.

Very clever, I like that.

Very clever, I like that.

Ventura 2012

...couldn't watch past the 5 min mark...

literally felt as if the stupidity of the anchor was melting my brain as my synapses could not comprehend her utter idiocy... then I realized that it was not the show she was putting on, but rather the sad awareness that her audience views this as information.

... that is, now I realize it was sadness all along...


"We’ve moved beyond the Mises textbook. We’re running in the open market." - Erik Voorhees

shows how anyone can be an news anchor


That was embarrassing...

But they have some stiff competition for most embarrassing ever though

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I am obviously in the

I am obviously in the minority here. I am no fan of fox, or any other media outlet for that matter, but I don't think this interviewer went far enough. The author is a liar and LIED about his credentials. He does not have a PhD in the history of religions at all. I read 2/3 of this book before becoming fed up. There is NOTHING in this book that is new and is really just a restatement of the longstanding Muslim view of Jesus.

The author is a liar with an agenda and should not be given undue kudos just because the interviewer is flawed. Again, watch the video and how this guy goes on the defensive right away! Listen to what he says and then remember that HE HAS NO PhD in the History of Religions. His degree is in Sociology of Religions which in no way makes him a historian of any kind.

As far as this being the most embarrassing interview..Not hardly. This was not even done for television, it was for the web and Hannity has done way worse than this to people. However, for the most embarrassing interview of all time, I think some Chris Matthews interviews over on MSNBC would be on the very top of the list.

Ron Paul 2012 - It's Almost Here!

You are in the minority here because you are an imbicile.

Most people here have a brain. impression, an maybe I am wrong, is you are a typical Mooslim hater. You know, you think Sharia law is going to take over the earth... at least Amerika. Get a book: "A Deadly Misunderstanding". If you read it with an open mind, it will change your life. It did mine.

Uh oh

Someone wrote something from a different viewpoint, must be a brainless imbicile.

Doesn't everyone write

from a different viewpoint?

Yes, that's it, you got

Yes, that's it, you got me...I hate Muslims. Isn't amazing that those who go around throwing names like "imbicile" (I think you meant imbecile), directed at those they disagree with are usually the biggest imbeciles of all? :)

Actually, I hate liars and the author of this book is a liar with an agenda. No amount of bad interviewing can erase the dishonesty of this author. A liar is a liar, irrespective of his or her religion.

Ron Paul 2012 - It's Almost Here!


I'm not here to throw stones, yell "imbecile" or anything of the sort. I just want to inquire about something I read in your comment.

"...is really just a restatement of the longstanding Muslim view of Jesus"

I know they didn't get very far in depth regarding the content of his book, but one thing that came through clearly in the video interview was the notion that in his book he strays wildly from "the longstanding Muslim view of Jesus". Are you saying that is not so?

Again, my disclaimer is that

Again, my disclaimer is that I only read about 2/3 of the book. But yes. He gives the impression that he deviating from the Muslim view, but what he really does is restate it in a very educated way. However, at the end of the day there is nothing (from what I read) that is drastically different from the traditional view Muslims hold of Jesus. I am not saying this is good or bad, it's just the truth. I also think we should ask WHY he is insisting he is a historian when his PhD is actually in Sociology. I have a BA (In Religion and Business) and a Masters (MDiv) as well, and learned lots of history during college, but that in no way makes me a historian.

Ron Paul 2012 - It's Almost Here!

Which of his staements

was a lie?

RonPaulRocks..like you

...I did some net searching and it is interesting how this this is being spun by various factions. I' list a few however while his PHD is in the Sociology of Religion (very interesting topic), his Master's degre is in Theology from Harvard School of Divinity, which is top notched and the degree would include plenty of history and scripture.

One spin going on attacks his credentials and some are triggered by what a Muslim believes about Jesus and what he writes to the extent that they attack his right to free speech (He is an American who became an evangelical Christian at 15 and then switched back to Islam prior to going to Harvard. Came here as a child when there was trouble in Iran.)

Fox has a hit infotainment piece...they win.
Anti-Muslims (add in various political agendas) have some fodder for demonizing Islam by saying he is a liar and makin g him look bad....they win.
Anti -predjudice against anyone based upon their race or religion people have some fodder..
.they win.
AND, the author is assured of crowds at his upcoming book tour and his book has jumped to #3 with all this publicity...he wins.

So in a sense it is a win/win across the board. Or is it?
Of course anyone can write a book about anything...even a topic with content I disagree with regardless of that person's religion or ethnicity. When a story like this is used in the manner I've seen in internet articles ... there is a loser. Liberty and the Bill of Rights.


No one was questioning his "Right" to speak

It was a question of his interest in speaking it.

People write lots of books all the time. Apart from him being a muslim, it would not have been a topic of interest, there would have been no interview.

Lol...Sorry My Post

....is a mess. I am on a Droid and should know better than write a lengthy post and try then to edit it. Ignore it as it probably makes no sense without editing. Sorry.



it looked to me as if Reza Aslan was an academic trying to have an intelligent conversation, but the interviewer was stuck on his background. Immediately after welcoming him she says "This is an interesting book. Now, I want to clarify... you're a Muslim so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

As for his degree in sociology doesn't that require you be a historian?

Definition of sociology: The study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society.


"As for his degree in sociology doesn't that require you be a historian?"

In short, no.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

How can

you study the development of human society and NOT need to know history?

If my focus in Sociology were

If my focus in Sociology were in the development of human society, I would unabashedly consider myself a historian.

Neither Ron Paul nor Murray Rothbard hold degrees in "History", yet they are two of my favorite historians.

As a matter of fact I can only find two authors of the roughly fifty history books on my shelf that hold degrees in "History". Those are Tom Woods and Howard Zinn.

The Two Degrees

Put together ,ie masters in Theology from Harvard School of Divinity and the PHD in Sociology of Religion say to me that even if I disagreed with him, I would be interested in his perspective.
I just read a review on The New Republic and it made the book sound interesting.


I agree

I mean it's not like this guy is touting some community college credentials.

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hard to watch

Jesus Christ = enemy of the State!

James Madison

Jesus Christ,

was an enemy of the state. Why he is painted as some weak kneed, whishy washy, limp noodle is beyond me.
He broke the rules of the day,reaching out to the lowest of the low who were banned from the Temple because the were "unworthy" in the presence"of God". He reached out to people with radical ideas about God, love and forgiveness. He hung out with a hooker, smashed the money lenders tables in the Temple court yard, riled against the tax collectors, and seriously ticked off the Jewish hierarchy of the day.
JC wasn't a Roman problem, he was a Jewish problem, so was diplomatically turned over to the Jews to have his fate decided.
And like anyone who is a threat to a corrupt establishment, they disposed of him.

Added to Reading List

Thanks for the heads-up Foxy Presstitute :)

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


Excerpt from book

....thank you for posting this Davy. Hope people will click on the link to the excerpt from the book. The use of the word "zealot" is a bit of a teaser in that the author acknowledges that Jesus was not a zealot as in the religious sect by the same name. However, as jill noted, he was a revolutionary
fighting for freedom of spirituality...a new perspective and in that sense he was fervent, passionate, tenacious...a zealot. This book follows on the heels of several others that in light of archaeology studies (Sephoris) shine new light on the personality of Jesus, the man.

I think the excerpt is fascinating. As a Christian, I believe the Jesus who questiond the scribes at age twelve and the Jesus who welcomed gentiles and gave us the parable of the Good Samaritan would engage in a conversation with the author quite readily.
I would love to hear that conversation.


Its almost..

the most embarrassing interview of that week. Muslims writing books about Jesus = Terrorism. Never a dull moment on Fox.


keeping the hate alive.