[Editor’s note: This post was already about a week behind the times when I wrote it two and a half weeks ago, so my apologies in advance for stretching the limits of your memory/interest/attention span.]
FOX has deservedly taken flak over its journalist’s treatment of Muslim author Reza Aslan on-air. Not only was the question ‘How can a Muslim write about Jesus?’ absurd on its face, but it highlighted a glaring double standard within the ranks of FOX journalists themselves:
Questioning Aslan’s expertise on Jesus is absurd for another reason as well.
Before I explain, full disclosure: I have not yet actually watched the controversial FOX clip. And you might suppose that, as an avowed non-viewer of FOX News, I am unqualified to discuss a specific piece of footage that appeared on that network.
But here’s the thing: like Reza Aslan, I don’t need a license to talk about anything I want. I don’t need to degrade myself by watching even one moment of FOX News in order to recognize the utter absurdity of alleging a Muslim is somehow not qualified to talk about Jesus. And Reza has one up on me. As it turns out, Aslan literally (and by this, I literally mean figuratively) is Jesus:
I connected the dots for this post on Friday night [that is, back on August 2]. Later that night, I started reading Bridge to Terabithia for the first time (I picked something I had a realistic chance of finishing before leaving my gracious hosts in New York). On Sunday [August 4], toward the bottom of page 84, I came across the following conversation:
“That whole Jesus thing is really interesting, isn’t it?”
“What d’you mean?”
“All those people wanting to kill him when he hadn’t done anything to hurt them.” She hesitated. “It’s really kind of a beautiful story — like Abraham Lincoln or Socrates — or Aslan.”
I love coincidences!
Somewhat-related update [10/23]:
Here’s Colbert, deciding between two Jesi back in 2006: