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Category:News & Politics, Religious
Tags:Jesus, fox news, Iceburn, what could possibly go wrong?, Reza Aslan
Submitted:Old_Zircon
Date:07/28/13
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Mother_Puncher
Aaaaaand their audience doesn't care if he defended himself, how well composed he was or that he is a scholar and not writing a book of hatred towards Jesus at all. The questions and attitude of the interviewer were spun in a way to passively attack him so their audience of cattle get riled up because all they took away from this was "DIRTY MUSLIMS TALKIN BOUT JESUS DEMOCRATS RONALD REAGAN"
Old_Zircon
She wasn't all that passive.

Mother_Puncher
She didnt Factor his ass

godot
Both seem noxious: arguments from authority are tiresome.

Anyway, the credulity implied in identifying with any of these faiths diminishes Aslan's academic authority. Read Bart Ehrman instead.
Monkey Napoleon
Is it really an appeal to authority if you're answering allegations that you're not a scholar with your scholarly credentials though?

Sexy Duck Cop
The most insidious thing about FOX News is that, by rights, every one of these fuckers knows what a "scholarly argument" is. Many of them are alumni of some of the best schools in the world with impressive academic and professional credentials. But whether for money or power or celebrity, they decided the best use of their talents would be to put on a kabuki performance of a dumb person.

That's what makes people like O'Reilly so infuriating. He's a fucking Harvard graduate whose entire debating style is making "PSCHAW" grunts 148 different ways.

Maru
Citing your academic credentials when someone accuses you of being a Muslim spy is an argument from authority, and having a religion while studying religion invalidates your historical research.

Maru
I'm just making sure that's what you said.

jangbones
rube teevee
Kabbage
Holy christ, he destroyed her
Monkey Napoleon
Yeah, you can almost see her brain flailing around desperately trying to justify this "story" as anything but bigoted sensationalism.

Old_Zircon
The part where he just accuses her outright of not having read the book.

Sexy Duck Cop
"You're putting yourself out there as....I don't know, a scholar or something....but why not get an outside observer to write this book instead? Why couldn't this be written by some sort of paradoxical being that exists in a state of quantum flux that at once has never heard of any religion yet is an expert in religion?"

Kabbage
I feel like if you were married to this woman, this would be the style in which absolutely everything was discussed. A wholly unrelated farce of a conversation, doggedly driven toward a single desired outcome, into which you need only play your part.

bac
Saw this guy on the Daily Show. it was pretty good.

Also, I guess the show is supposed to be a debate format. but christ was that reporter awful.
Xenocide
I admire his restraint, actually. When she said "Debate," I really wanted him to reply with, "Debate? Don't flatter yourself, darling. People do RESEARCH before a debate."

Sexy Duck Cop
I think you're confusing debate with passive aggression.

paparatti
A conversation between two people who really don't want to be there.
posertom
He was begging the shit out of that question.
Yellow Lantern
In just about any other context, his tone would seem arrogant and condescending, but here, he is basically just pleading with the interviewer to be intellectually honest.
posertom
Compare with bobby jindal.

DriverStabby
2:35 in, and I still wasn't sure this wasn't an Onion piece.

I'm amazed he never brought up the fact that Jesus is also part of the Muslim faith.

The fact that he believes in any of those stupid ridiculous bullshit made up religions compromises his credibility as a religious scholar.
Bootymarch
I'm sure he doesn't believe god actually wrote a book, or gave prophecies to people who did write a book. But you'd think knowing the comprehensive history of all the horrible things done in the name of islam would distance you further. I don't know. All I know is that Democrat with a PhD in Reagan was the best song the minutemen didn't make.

Oscar Wildcat
He wrote the book based on process of elimination.

If he wrote a book critical of Islam, he'd be blown up.

If he wrote a book critical of Judaism, it would be unpublishable in the West.

And who really cares about the Buddists? All they do is help people and try to diminish suffering, so they are of no value or interest to anyone.

Hence, Jesus.

Old_Zircon
The Neo-American Church and the Church of Secular Humanism are the only acceptable religions.

Old_Zircon
I mean the Art Kleps NAC obviously, not that other one.

spikestoyiu
I like how her quote was taken from a Fox News blogger.
chumbucket
When this turns into a pop-up book, I'll read it.
Jet Bin Fever
This woman did a horrible job of reporting but a great job of Fox News reporting.
Rodents of Unusual Size
Well that reporter certainly Palined that interview, didn't she.

Also, Jesus never existed. It's just a story and find his search for the historical Jesus to be just as amusing as people looking for Bigfoot.
Maru
The idea that there was no historical Jesus is pseudo-intellectual claptrap. Virtually everyone who's researched religion agrees there was a Jesus.

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