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.
"Reza Aslan, host of CNN's 'Believer,' catches grief for showcasing religious cannibals in India," by Ben Guarino, Washington Post, March 6, 2017:
Religion scholar Reza Aslan ate cooked human brain tissue with a group of cannibals in India during Sunday's premiere of the new CNN show "Believer," a documentary series about spirituality around the globe.
The outcry was immediate. Aslan, a Muslim who teaches creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, was accused of "Hinduphobia" and of mischaracterizing Hindus.
"With multiple reports of hate-fueled attacks against people of Indian origin from across the U.S., the show characterizes Hinduism as cannibalistic, which is a bizarre way of looking at the third largest religion in the world," lobbyist group U.S. India Political Action Committees said in a statement, according to the Times of India.
In the episode, Aslan meets up with a sect of Indian religious nomads outside the city of Varanasi in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The Aghori, as they are known, reject the Hindu caste system and the notion of untouchables, and espouse that the distinction between purity and pollution is essentially meaningless. In the Aghori view, nothing can taint the human body, Aslan said.
"Kind of a profound thought. Also: A little bit gross," said Aslan, whose bestselling books on religion include "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth."
The Aghori persuade Aslan to bathe in the Ganges, a river that Hindus considers sacred. An Aghori guru smears the ashes of cremated humans on his face. And, at the Aghori's invitation, Aslan drinks alcohol from a human skull and eats what was purported to be a bit of human brain.
"Want to know what a dead guy's brain tastes like? Charcoal," Aslan wrote on Facebook. "It was burnt to a crisp!"
At one point, the interview soured and one cannibal threatened Aslan: "I will cut off your head if you keep talking so much." Aslan, in turn, said to his director, "I feel like this may have been a mistake."
And when the guru began to eat his own waste and hurl it at Aslan and his camera crew, the CNN host scurried away.
"Pretty sure that was not the Aghori I was looking for," he said.
Aslan also interviewed several non-cannibal Aghori practitioners, including those who ran an orphanage and a group of volunteers who cared for people with leprosy. Still, some critics thought the focus on the flesh-eating Aghori was inappropriate and done for the shock value.
"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," Vamsee Juluri, a media studies professor at the University of San Francisco, wrote in the Huffington Post....