Huh? Fox Can't Understand How Muslim Scholar Could Write Book About Jesus

Abby Zimet

In case you haven't seen this or don't yet know the unfathomable depths of stupidity to which Fox continues to aspire, here's an interview with religion  scholar and professor Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, in which host Lauren Green simply asks over and over - nine times in 10 minutes - how Aslan, a (gasp) Muslim, could possibly write about “the founder of Christianity.” Umm, says Aslan patiently, as though  speaking to a very slow child, because it's my job. Two kickers here: Green, who never gets around to discussing the book and has clearly not read it, is listed as Fox' "religious correspondent." And thanks to the viral uproar over what Buzzfeed calls "the most embarrassing interview Fox has ever done," Aslan's (no doubt formerly obscure) book is now #1 on Amazon's bestseller list. With some choice xenophobic customer "reviews," and a Q & A with Aslan on Reddit.

Green: “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.”

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