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56 Responses to The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Done

  1. Profile photo of SonicSophie
    SonicSophie Female 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 7:45 am
    Link: The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Done - Possibly Most Embarrassing Fox Interview
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 7:50 am
    It`s actually quite typical of 24 hours news media outlets. Don`t just single out one because of your preconceived bias, go watch any of them and be amazed.
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    BoredFrank Male 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:00 am
    `Typical,` Andrew? Hardly. FOX is the worst of the worst. Of course it`s not really a news outlet, but the thinly-veiled propaganda arm of the RNC.

    But that `reporter` was an effing idiot.
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    Rodin Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:03 am
    Pretty bad but I think O`Reilly has her beat when he asked: "The tide comes in the tide goes out. How do you explain that?"
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    Saunder Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:08 am
    That is so embarrassing. And sad. Her mind appears unable to cope with his level of intelligence. I guess that`s a Fox thing...
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    RPossum Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:15 am
    Why aren`t you conforming to my bias!!!
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:16 am
    Does she also believe that Christians shouldn`t write about Muslims?
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:17 am
    The media needs to show more Muslims like this. It is a much better representation of what a Muslim is like.

    When the media only shows the crazy, terrorist Muslims, it`s akin to only showing Westboro Baptist Church footage when you talk about Christians. There are far more Muslims like this man then there are crazy nut job terrorists.
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    Jerm_Leather Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:20 am
    ..this guy deserves an award for not snapping on this stupid woman. He calmly speaks to her the entire time despite the fact that she is clearly following a biased agenda herself. Ugh.
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    AvatarJohn Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:22 am
    So wait, he has 4 degrees??? Holy cow, a PhD! That makes him super-smart and impossible to argue against. How dare some plebe who clearly does not have 4 PhD`s actually argue with this spectacularly intelligent genius???

    I mean, come on people. HE HAS A PhD! Did I mention he has a PhD? 4 of them??? Wow.
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    RPossum Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:23 am
    How dare you write about Jesus...you`re a Muslim, you are not qualified to talk about Jesus.

    How dare you interview a Muslim, you`re not qualified to speak with a Muslim.
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    Jerm_Leather Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:24 am
    Not to mention that a debate is usually when two parties share factual evidence in an effort to prove that their belief or perspective is correct. This interview was the intellectual equivalent of a 4 year old arguing with an academic.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:24 am
    No, Frank, that`s not even true. MSNBC and CNN are absolute equals with Fox. And if CNN isn`t, MSNBC sure as hell is. Go watch Pierce Morgan`s interviews with Jesse Ventura. Go watch MSNBC`s with Russell Brand. People single Fox out because they think Obama is cool and Fox`s main objective is to make him look bad.
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    Rodin Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:26 am
    @AvatarJohn

    Are you seriously defending the interviewer?
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:29 am
    patchman, they do. All the time. The media overly accommodates the sensitivity of Muslims. A few months ago there were big riots in Sweden. CNN, one of my more favorite sources, called the riots "youth riots". However, all of the rioters come from immigrant neighborhoods and immigrant backgrounds, which means the details of the whole story were obfuscated by their bias.
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    Beardofzeus Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:31 am
    I refuse to watch after 20 seconds.
  17. Profile photo of Jake_Justus
    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:31 am
    HER: So, what left-wing group secretly paid you to write this godless book?

    HIM: I wrote it because I`m intelligent. I`m a SCHOLAR! I`m smart. Don`t you see?

    HER: Was it the Democrats? It was them, right?

    Him: No, no, no. I`m smart. Four degrees. Count them. FOUR! I write very smartly about religion.

    HER: We`ll get to the bottom of this. You`re hiding something, Muslim.

    HIM: N-o-o-o-o! Smart. Me so smart.
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    McThstlpnts Female 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:46 am
    Reza Aslan is a hero for academics. The fact that he remained calm and rational while she clearly tried to bait him into conforming to her (and many uneducated people`s) bias is just amazing.

    BRAVO SIR!
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 8:56 am
    Are American Christian conservatives really this poorly prepared, disingenuous, biased and unprofessional? Or is it a selection criteria for fox news?

    Lauren Green, what an idiot.
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    peakingo Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:16 am
    @Andrew. By defending it and transferring accountability you`re missing the point.

    I personally posted the video about Brand on here and I tried to post this.

    The point of it all is to expose stupidity and bias in media. By deferring the blame through the idiotic idea that, "People single Fox out because they think Obama is cool and Fox`s main objective is to make him look bad." You`re missing the point. This is a moment where they made themselves look bad and to be fair this happens more with them than any other network.

    Let`s be fair and balanced here and agree that she was wrong and came off hilariously stupid. Same as the women on Morning Joe. Same as that Hispanic correspondent that was fired from CNN and man let`s not leave out the idiot Pierce Morgan or the fired Beck, Keith Olbermann.

    You should acknowledge that not be a whinny baby defending a news organization who could care less of you.
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    Rodin Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:20 am
    @Jake

    He`s not saying that he`s smart or bragging. She asks him what gives him the right to write about Jesus -- or in other words asking him for his credentials. He states that he has 4 degrees.
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    peakingo Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:21 am
    @ Avatarjohn "So wait, he has 4 degrees??? Holy cow, a PhD! That makes him super-smart and impossible to argue against. How dare some plebe who clearly does not have 4 PhD`s actually argue with this spectacularly intelligent genius???

    I mean, come on people. HE HAS A PhD! Did I mention he has a PhD? 4 of them??? Wow."

    This is one of the most moronic things I`ve read. You`re sarcastically saying that his PHD means nothing. That`s like saying a doctor knows nothing of medicine and any moron who want`s to cut himself open at the warnings of a doctor is justified because... "who`s he? Oh he went to college for decades and became an expert, why does that means that I can`t self-diagnose myself?"

    You see how dumb that sounds.

    In the video he mentions other scholars agreeing and DISAGREEING with him so yes people can debate him... if they`re on par with his knowledge.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:29 am
    Erm- why is his religion anything at all to do with the book?
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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:31 am
    Reza Aslan was excellent, here. The interviewer? Just a copy reader given points to mention and questions to ask. I understand and accept his point about his academic position and research but could you imagine what would happen if his Christian equivalent wrote a similar tome about Mohammed?

    @AvatarJohn,
    If you actually have an argument, make it. Simply mocking him doesn`t make a point.
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    peakingo Male 30-39
    761 posts
    July 29, 2013 at 9:33 am
    @ AvatarJohn and Jake,

    Your assumption that he`s arrogantly saying that because of his FOUR DEGREES that he`s arrogantly stating that he`s a genius and non-debatable.

    Here`s a debate between him and an atheist SCHOLAR in which some feel he lost.

    It`s long so I doubt you`ll watch it.

    video

    In it he also mentions FOX`s bias against Muslims, which to be fair is true. They really don`t like them and propagate messages progressing that sentiment.
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    Rizzo71 Male 40-49
    427 posts
    July 29, 2013 at 9:49 am
    Stupid bitch!
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:51 am
    peakingo, why are you being weird with ad hominems? Every day I see people post link after link of almost exclusively Fox news and how dumb they are. They totally miss the point that their News organizations do the same (mine is cnn, by the way) You go on to say that all news organizations do it, but then you say Fox does it way way more, so really it`s not all of them in your view, mostly just one, the one that doesn`t like Obama.

    I never really actually made a comment about the lady. In fact, everything I said essentially put her in the same stupid category as most journalists on the news, so I`ve already "admitted" it, if that`s the word you want to call it as though fox news were some sacred cow of mine.

    Finally, NO SHIITE FOX NEWS IS BIASED. You really think we need you to prove that?
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:53 am



    Peakingo, I`m so glad we have you to tell us that Fox news is biased. Go whine about something less obvious now.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:55 am
    Has anyone here actually read the book?? If no, you definitely risk being full of shiite when talking about this.
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:04 am
    It seems that he was attempting to prevent the fox news spin. Maybe he was arrogant, idk. He probably didn`t realize how easy it would be to outwit the fox talking head. Furthermore, just because someone is highly educated and an expert on a subject does not make them irrefutably correct.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:10 am
    Anyone who expects anything reasonable or intelligent from Fox needs to have their head examined. She (or whomever wrote the questions) was baiting and looking for a fight. This was never meant to be an intelligent discussion or debate. It was meant to attack him for not being Christian and (in their opinion) attacking Christianity.

    @peakingo - Your comments show your lack of intelligence. He said he had 4 degrees, (I never heard 4 PhDs, just one), to TRY to get her to understand that he wrote the book as an academic and that he has a lot of knowledge on the topic. She was just mindlessly attacking him and not giving him any credit for anything. It was always about pointing out that he was wrong. He would answer her questions and she would attack from another angle, not even listening to him. She was probably tuned out every time he spoke.

    She is saying that you can only write about a religion if you belong to that religion. That is one of the most jackass st
  32. Profile photo of peakingo
    peakingo Male 30-39
    761 posts
    July 29, 2013 at 10:12 am
    @Andrew, "peakingo, why are you being weird with ad hominems?"

    You literally can not be "weird" with them, you can only follow in the act of "ad hominems. What you wrote makes no sense.


    "Every day I see people post link after link of almost exclusively Fox news and how dumb they are."

    No you don`t, that`s a hyperbolic statement.

    "...You go on to say that all news organizations do it, but then you say Fox does it way way more, so really it`s not all of them in your view, mostly just one, the one that doesn`t like Obama."

    What? That`s like saying. "You said all murders kill, but then you say serial killers kill more. So really it`s not all of them in you`re view, just the one`s who don`t value human life"

    That`s just dumb.

    And for the record you seem to think I was attacking you, I`m attacking the people I quoted... not of which was you Andrew.
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    peakingo Male 30-39
    761 posts
    July 29, 2013 at 10:19 am
    @ Freddy... facepalm.

    Do you those two little marks before and after the words I typed? They look like this . Well those are called "quotation marks" Do you the user name before these quotation marks? That`s the person I`m literally quoting. Their words not mine. Do you my rebuttal underneath these quotes?


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    2L82Pray Female 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:20 am
    Until this SCHOLOR writes a book about the lies in Islam, the fact that Mohammed was a child molestor and false prophet who used religion to gain wealth and position as a warlord, then he IS Biased. He IS a Muslim writer who has a certain religious slant that is meant to discredit and undermine Christianity. You cannot separate his religion from his beliefs and opinions. And the fact that Jesus was an insurrectionist has no bearing. So was Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. The only difference is, They Won. This woman is a poor interviewer, and this man is a pompous *ss who was able to talk circles around her, but that doesn`t make his book canon or his opinion correct
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    peakingo Male 30-39
    761 posts
    July 29, 2013 at 10:22 am
    @ Andrew, hey just rescanned through the comments and I see the confusion... albeit on my part. I commenting on Avatarjohn, but mentioned your user name.

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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:42 am
    peakingo, you miss the point.

    Aslan comes off poorly here because he is continuously "proving" himself ... but to WHOM? To an interviewer who isn`t even interested in his book, but in politicizing it? This interviewer is just an agitator and, by being on the defensive, Aslan appears desperate to vindicate himself. To THIS woman?

    In this scenario, an author with sense doesn`t keep defending himself like some insecure tyro. He states his credentials ONCE. Then, he says, "If you want to discuss the content of my book, let`s do that. If you want to politicize it, that`s another topic. Whether or not we continue depends on what you want here."

    THAT would make sense. As it stands now, he only comes off as a guy who`s hungry enough for publicity that he`ll participate in a debacle. It`s not about making fun of the man, but the way he handed this interview.
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    peakingo Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:44 am
    he did, she kept it up. He had to reiterate it over and over.
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    cityncolour Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:47 am
    @2L82Pray
    come the f*ck off it. you don`t know the first thing about this man or his book or his views on his own religion. you WANT him to be biased because you are clearly see ant criticism of YOUR religion to be a threat, even if that criticism is in your own mind. he even stated in the f*cking INTERVIEW that he HAD written books on ALL religions. open your f*cking ears. poor poor persecuted christian.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:55 am
    peakingo, Aslan allowed this nonsense to go on or 10 minutes. He has no one but himself to blame. I couldn`t care less about the guy, either way, but it`s strange that otherwise intelligent people will let this type of foolishness go on and on, when they could put a halt to it. No one in this clip deserves any sympathy.
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    uberod Male 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 11:08 am
    @2L8 - "2PrayUntil this SCHOLOR writes a book about the lies in Islam, the fact that Mohammed was a child molestor and false prophet who used religion to gain wealth and position as a warlord, then he IS Biased. He IS a Muslim writer who has a certain religious slant that is meant to discredit and undermine Christianity. You cannot separate his religion from his beliefs and opinions. And the fact that Jesus was an insurrectionist has no bearing. So was Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. The only difference is, They Won. This woman is a poor interviewer, and this man is a pompous *ss who was able to talk circles around her, but that doesn`t make his book canon or his opinion correct"

    He has written two books about this exact thing:

    2009 - Fundamentalism
    2011 - No God But God - The Origins and Evolution of Islam

    You are just another moron that continues to make Christians look close minded and unintelligent.
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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    July 29, 2013 at 11:20 am
    @Jake Justus,
    I don`t know. The guy stayed calm and at least reasonably polite. My guess is he felt he needed them more than they needed him so he didn`t want to just walk out. Maybe he also considered that kind of thing to be too rude. Probably was actually expecting an interview, too, rather than a confrontation. I`d guess that he was also hoping that eventually she`d listen to his answers instead of just shutting down between her questions.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    July 29, 2013 at 11:36 am
    You`re probably right, broizfam. Authors do these types of shows for one reason - publicity. Maybe it`s just a personal thing, but it always bugs me whenever an interviewer doesn`t give a damn about the subject matter at hand, but just wants to instigate something. That`s bad enough, but when the person being interviewed starts acting like a deer in headlights -- whatever happened to self-respect?

    Of course, you would have to terminate such a ludicrous performance with a little class, otherwise they`ll accuse you of "throwing a tantrum" and "storming off."
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    Gypsybard Male 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 11:41 am
    In my opinion, the gentleman handled this in the best way possible.

    If he had become irate, he would have fed the flames of a Muslim who is controlled by his emotions. Same thing if he were to have simply got up and walked away.

    He kept his bearing, even as the interviewer became more agitated at not getting the response she had hoped for. Well done.

    I cannot speak on the accuracy of his book, as I have not read it and am not a scholar in the field. However, in the case of this interview and this interview alone, I think he handled it with both class and intelligence.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7607 posts
    July 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    2l82pray- do not please get history and religion muddled. They are not the same thing. This guy is a theologian..his personal beliefs are irrelevant. He is trying to give an historical account. Isalm, Christianity and all the rest are all much the same thing- stories for the gullible.
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    He lost me at "I am a scholar of religions..."

    Hahahahaha, next...
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    Madduck actually he`s not a theologian. A theologian is concerned with apologetics, if he were writing apologetics he would be trying to convert you. Or in his own words, "Telling you of Jesus the Christ and not telling you about Jesus the 1st century Jewish peasant." He`s doing the latter in this book. (I`ve read his work before, specifically "No God But God," It`s fascinating stuff).

    Whodat I wouldn`t be so dismissive if I were you. After all, the guy isn`t some traveling preacher here. It pays to be informed about other faiths, particularly since to so many people God not only exists but is actively shaking things up worldwide as we speak. Fluency in religious diversity has never before been so valuable.
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm
    @QueenZira - I know it pays to be well informed when it comes to understanding how these people think and I am well informed myself. My problem is people who devote their entire lives to it, which he`s obviously done. Those are the people you can`t reason with because that bullsh*t is so deeply ingrained in them.
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm
    this made me lol several times. that woman was a walking facepalm.
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    timbrebander Male 30-39
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    July 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm
    Hey I have an idea for a new drinking game! 1 shot any time you hear the word "scholar" 2 shots whenever the reporter seems overly frustrated with his pomposity or he seems frustrated with her crap-for-brains interjections. And finally, just down the whole bottle if you want to forget that you ever saw this train-wreck of a "news piece"
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm
    If a Christian "religious scholar" wrote the sort of book this asswipe did, but about mohamed, they`d be called a bigot, there would be riots in the streets and they`d have to go into hiding for the rest of their lives.

    Don`t believe me? Ask Salman Rushdie how he has to live.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm
    @ Freddy... facepalm.

    Do you those two little marks before and after the words I typed? They look like this .

    Again, your lack of intelligence knows no bounds. There were no quotation marks in your comment to which I am referring. Here, I`ll post it again exactly as you did. Show me the quotation marks.

    @ AvatarJohn and Jake,

    Your assumption that he`s arrogantly saying that because of his FOUR DEGREES that he`s arrogantly stating that he`s a genius and non-debatable.

    Here`s a debate between him and an atheist SCHOLAR in which some feel he lost.

    It`s long so I doubt you`ll watch it.

    video

    In it he also mentions FOX`s bias against Muslims, which to be fair is true. They really don`t like them and propagate messages progressing that sentiment.

    So.....where are they?
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm
    Whodat I`m not following you. He`s a scholar of religion, not clergy, not a monk, not an evangelist. He talks about religions, he does not tell you how to practice them so you can get into heaven. It`s like the difference between reporting on sports vs. actually playing the sports.

    Are you trying to tell me you don`t like the fact he`s a theist? Do you think that immediately makes him a fanatic or unqualified in some way?

    Dude I`ve read his work, he`s brilliant, he couldn`t be anything farther from a fundie nutjob.
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    pumba62 Male 40-49
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    July 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    she has done more in promoting his book than he could have ever have hoped for. She is a swift one !!!....I have no opinion of my own so I am going to quote others !!!
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    handimanner Male 60-69
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    July 30, 2013 at 9:27 am
    Typical Fox.
    If Jesus were to appear today the CIA would kill him in a drone strike.
    Also...(conversation 2000 yrs ago)
    Mary, "Hey Joe, I`m pregnant"
    Joe, "But Mary, I`m out of Viagra, how could this be?"
    Mary,"It wasn`t the plumber, honest. Would I lie to you."
    Joe,"It`s a miracle!"
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    rtevis1 Female 18-29
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    July 30, 2013 at 11:24 am
    if you support fox you are a racist biggot. if you don`t, you are a red raging socialist. LOOK AT YOURSELVES! HOW STUPID HAVE YOU ALL BECOME??? repeat what they want you to repeat. think what they tell you to think. keep telling yourselves there are only two sides to choose from. keep grazing...you bunch of sheep.
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    Xprez Male 30-39
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    August 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm
    Might want to look sharp while calling others, stupid...

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