Fox News’ Lauren Green zealously went after scholar Reza Aslan for writing a book on Jesus Christ (Isa) titled ‘Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’. “You’re a Muslim, so, why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” she demanded. Aslan tried, in vain, to explain that as a scholar and academic – it was part of his job to research and write about Jesus.
Ms. Green obviously knew nothing of Jesus’s exalted position in Islam, Reza Aslan’s credentials as a scholar of Religion & Biblical Greek or the contents of the book. She even tried accusing him of misrepresenting his religion (Islam) – to which, Aslan replied it was mentioned in the 2nd page of his book. With no problems in his academic qualifications or personal experience of Jesus (Aslan converted to Christianity when he was 15) – the only problem was his being a Muslim. It didn’t occur to Ms. Green that Christian scholars are writing on Islam everyday without being accosted on national television.
A better line of questioning could’ve revealed important clues about Aslan’s views on Jesus and furthered interfaith dialog. But the moronic insistence on the writer’s religion did result in the interview becoming widely viewed and highly debated. Maybe that was the strategy. Meanwhile, Aslan’s book has hit #1 on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble best-seller lists.
Trivia: the word ‘Zealot’ can actually refer to a first century Jewish sect resisting the Romans to establish a world theocracy.