NEW YORK — Fox News has contacted the US Department of Homeland Security after an alarming interview with author Reza Aslan revealed that some Muslims know about Jesus and have even written books about him.
Fox News’ Lauren Green made the shocking discovery when Aslan, an Iranian-American Muslim scholar with three degrees in theology, appeared on Spirited Debate to discuss his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
In her satellite interview with Aslan, Green wasted no time revealing his secret to viewers. “I want to make clear: you’re a Muslim. So why would you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”
Aslan seemed taken aback before he tried to defend himself. “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.”
Green was not going to let Aslan off the hook so easily. “It still begs the question,” she pressed, “why would you be interested in the founder of Christianity?” Aslan went on to claim that “it’s my job as an academic,” even going so far as to say, “I am a professor of religion, including the New Testament. That’s what I do for a living, actually.”
Aslan dodged further questions by accusing Green of not having read his book. He then dared, “Anyone who actually wants to comment on the argument of the book to read not just the book, but the end notes to figure out where my scholarly argument about Jesus comes from.”
When Green pointed out that Aslan has appeared on several other programs without disclosing that he is a Muslim, he admitted to hiding his Islamic faith deep inside the second page of his new book, where only readers who get past the first page can find his secret.
Aslan declared that asking why a Muslim would write a book about Christianity “is like asking a Christian why they would write a book about Islam.” Green then reminded the author that a Christian did in fact write a book about Islam. “The book was called the book of Revelation, and it says that Muslims like you will be judged by Jesus and His Holy Father during the end times,” said Green. A shaken Aslan then backpedaled, saying, “Just to be clear, this is not some attack on Christianity. My mother is a Christian. My wife is a Christian. My brother-in-law is an evangelical pastor.”
It is not yet clear how long the author has used his Christian family to shield his Islamic faith from the public. Authorities say that if Aslan’s family wishes to seek protection, they should do so now in order to avoid any potential connection to terrorist activity.