Reza Aslan, Religious Scholar & Author, Grilled By Fox News About Being Muslim

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Religious scholar Reza Aslan recently appeared on the Fox News online show Spirited Debate and found himself grilled on why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus.

Aslan appeared on the show Friday to promote his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, about how the environment Jesus grew up in shaped him.

But host Lauren Green didn't seem to want to talk about the book so much, however, as she wanted to talk about how Reza Aslan is a Muslim.

She seemed insistent that this fact somehow affects the quality of his new book about Jesus. Her very first question leading off the interview:

"You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

Aslan's reply: "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."

It only got worse from there.

Green actually accused Aslan of hiding his religion, as if he was trying to pull one over on the public, or as if he were trying to promote a hidden agenda.

"Ma’am, the second page of my book says I’m a Muslim," he tells her. "Every single interview I have ever done on TV or in print says I’m a Muslim."

Even though it was only for an online show, the reaction was swift and significant, ranging between praise for Aslan and disbelief at Fox News.

Some called it the network's worst interview ever, while others noted the irony of persecuting someone over their religion in a discussion about Jesus.

Watch it above to see what you think.

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