It is said that one justification among cannibals for cannibalism is that the virtues and powers of the person being eaten will pass to the eater. And so it is oddly fitting that Reza Aslan would feature himself on his CNN show eating human brain tissue; he is, after all, a profoundly stupid man, whose adulation only shows how far one can go if one tells the establishment propaganda media what it wants to hear.
But it’s unlikely to help. Aslan’s controversial meal won’t stop him from making his regular howling errors of fact. Among them: this “scholar of religions” has made the ridiculous claim that the idea of resurrection “simply doesn’t exist in Judaism,” despite numerous passages to the contrary in the Hebrew Scriptures. He has also referred to “the reincarnation, which Christianity talks about” — although he later claimed that one was a “typo.” In yet another howler he later insisted was a “typo,” he claimed that the Biblical story of Noah was barely four verses long — which he then corrected to forty, but that was wrong again, as it is 89 verses long. Aslan claimed that the “founding philosophy of the Jesuits” was “the preferential option for the poor,” when in reality, that phrase wasn’t even coined until 1968. He called Turkey the second most populous Muslim country, when it is actually the eighth most populous Muslim country. He thinks Pope Pius XI, who issued the anti-fascist encyclical Mit Brennender Sorge, was a fascist. He thinks Marx and Freud “gave birth to the Enlightenment,” when it ended in the late 18th century, before either of them were born. He claims that “the very first thing that Muhammad did was outlaw slavery,” when in fact Muhammad bought slaves, took female captives as sex slaves, and owned slaves until his death. He thinks Ethiopia and Eritrea are in Central Africa.
A “renowned religious scholar” such as Reza Aslan should not make such elementary mistakes. But this is, of course, the man who writes “than” for “then”; apparently thinks the Latin word “et” is an abbreviation; and writes “clown’s” for “clowns.”
Even if Aslan starts consuming human brains every day, he is unlikely to get any more intelligent. But it doesn’t matter, anyway: for CNN, his “scholar of religions” persona is no less of a prop than Rob Petrie’s hassock; his “Believer” show is simply a vehicle for the delivering the messages that CNN wants you to believe about religion in general, immigration, and Islam and Muslim immigrants in particular.
And that’s why the outrage is so shrill and pained against Aslan for this episode of “Believer”: it is dreadfully off-message, and not just off-message, but against the message. Or at least that’s how the establishment Left sees it. Vamsee Juluri, a media studies professor at the University of San Francisco, wrote in the Huffington Post: “It is unbelievably callous and reckless of CNN to be pushing sensational and grotesque images of bearded brown men and their morbid and deathly religion at a time when the United States is living through a period of unprecedented concern and fear.”
This is so ridiculous it is staggering, but it makes sense once one enters the mindset of the Left. For the likes of Vamsee Juluri (and Reza Aslan, and CNN), President Trump and those who support his immigration ban are motivated solely by a racist hatred for “bearded brown men” and a provincial distaste for their “morbid and deathly religion.” Genuine concern to prevent acts of jihad terror in the United States? Pshaw! It’s a religion of peace! In the mind of Vamsee Juluri, Americans are redneck yahoos who don’t know or care about the differences between Hinduism and Islam, and since they deny that Islam has a political, expansionist, violent, supremacist component, they don’t believe anyone could be concerned about that. Aslan’s show is just going to make these idiot racists hate brown people even more, doncha know.
The bright spot in all this appalling idiocy is that the establishment media adulation of Reza Aslan, as charming a cannibal as he is, may be coming to an end. Meanwhile, as Campus Watch points out, the “grief” Aslan is receiving for his cannibalism is a fine example of…the Left eating its own.