July 28, 2013

Reza Aslan is a religious scholar with a PhD in the sociology of religions from the University of California and a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, but that didn't seem nearly enough for Fox News and host Lauren Green who couldn't seem to wrap her head around the fact that "a Muslim" would want to write a book about Jesus Christ. Aslan is the author of a new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”.

GREEN: 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?

ASLAN: 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. So it’s not that I’m just some Muslim writing about Jesus, I am an expert with a Ph.D in the history of religions…

GREEN: But it still begs the question why would you be interested in the founder of Christianity?

ASLAN: 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.

And on it went for nearly 10 minutes, with Green asking the same or similar question seven times.

As Think Progress noted;

Undeterred, Green continued by reading aloud from an equally Islamophobic FoxNews.com column by John Dickerson in which he dismissed Aslan’s academic pedigree, referring to him simply as “an educated Muslim” with an “opinion” about Jesus.

Near the end of the interview Green compared it to a Democrat writing a book about another of their saints, Ronald Reagan, which I think just about sums up the mentality at Fox News as anything I've ever heard.

Buzzfeed asked simply

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

Sadly, no it isn't. Not even close.

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