Fox News Host Never Asked Baptist College Professor Why He Wrote Book About Islam

Lauren Green, the Fox host who prodded Reza Aslan, was less curious about the religion of a professor from a Southern Baptist-affiliated Kentucky university who wrote a book on Islam.

Last Friday, Fox News’s online show Spirited Debate conducted an interview with religious scholar Reza Aslan, a professor of religion, about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Aslan subsequently spent the entire interview defending his right as a religious scholar — a religious scholar who happens to be a Muslim — to write a historical book about Jesus.

While host Lauren Green, the main religion correspondent for Fox News, spent the interview asking Aslan about his Muslim faith, Green never asked a professor from a university affiliated with Southern Baptists why he wrote a book about Islam in an interview two years earlier.

Green was interviewing Barry Vann, a professor at the Southern Baptist-affiliated University of Cumberlands about his book Puritan Islam: The Geoexpansion of the Muslim World. The interview largely focused on Vann’s book.

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Reza Aslan’s interview from Friday:


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