Fox News’ Lauren Green Doesn’t Understand Why A Religious Scholar, Who Is Muslim, Wrote A Book About Jesus
Because I live for awkward and cringeworthy interviews filled with subtle bitchery, here’s one between Lauren Green of Fox News and Reza Aslan, the author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. During the FoxNews.com show Spirited Debate, Lauren Green’s brain burped out a 404 error every time she tried to process the idea of a Muslim man writing a book about Jesus. Lauren’s first question to Reza was, “….you’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity.” Reza’s eyebrows raised up in the “O RLY?” position and he knew that the gate was open and they were off! YAAASSS!
Reza put on his “thankyouverymuch” voice and let Lauren Green know that he has four degrees in religion and has been studying the Bible for 20 years. Reza is a serious bible scholar who just so happens to be Muslim. This answer still didn’t compute to Lauren and she asked him why would he be interested in the founder of Christianity. Reza slowed down his words and told Lauren that studying Jesus is what he does for a living. The condescending condensation nearly fogged up my entire screen. Reza talked to Lauren like the P.E. teachers used to talk to me when explaining the complicated rules of dodge ball.
After Lauren Green read a quote from someone criticizing Reza’s book, he said:
“That’s actually not what Islam claims about Jesus. My book about Jesus overturns pretty much everything that Islam also thinks about Jesus as well. To be clear, I just want to emphasize this once more. I. Am. A. Historian. I. Am. A. Phd. In. The. History. Of. Religions. This isn’t a Muslim opinion, this is an academic work of history…”
I can’t wait until Lauren Green interviews E.L. James and asks her how why a woman who is beige-colored is writing a book about grey. But really, Lauren asked way too many questions about Jesus and religion and Christianity. I mean, the dude’s name is Aslan and she didn’t ask him one question about Narnia!