Cannibal Reza Aslan has somewhat faded from the public eye since he was fired by CNN and exhorted readers in his last book to take the advice of the oldest and most celebrated self-improvement coach, Satan: "take a lesson from Adam and Eve and eat the forbidden fruit. Do not fear God. You are God."
So in what appears to be an attempt to get back into the headlines, this newly minted Satanist is now claiming that he was subjected to a lengthy interrogation and threatened by Israeli border officials. Horror of horrors! Those big bad Israelis harassing a supporter of the "Palestinians"! More "Islamophobia," right? — since despite Aslan's forays into cannibalism and Satanism, he is still ostensibly a Muslim.
There's just one problem: he's lying.
That shouldn't come as any surprise to those who are familiar with Aslan's rather rancid public career. This sinister jihad enabler was ever given a mainstream platform is a dispiriting sign of the times. His show on CNN was devoted to showing other religions as violent and hateful, and Islam as benign and peaceful. Also, Aslan is a Board member of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). NIAC has been established in court as a lobbying group for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Said Michael Rubin: "Jamal Abdi, NIAC's policy director, now appears to push aside any pretense that NIAC is something other than Iran's lobby. Speaking at the forthcoming 'Expose AIPAC' conference, Abdi is featured on the 'Training: Constituent Lobbying for Iran' panel. Oops." Iranian freedom activist Hassan Daioleslam "documented over a two-year period that NIAC is a front group lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime." NIAC had to pay him nearly $200,000 in legal fees after they sued him for defamation over his accusation that they were a front group for the mullahs, and lost. Yet Aslan remains on their Board.
Meanwhile, despite his increasingly obvious Islamic heterodoxy, Aslan remains popular with Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups in the U.S.: he has also spoken at events sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, a Brotherhood group, as well as at an at an event co-sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Doubtless they recognize that he shares their overall agenda.
It's also worth noting that despite being hailed as a great intellect, Aslan isn't actually very bright. He 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."
"Shin Bet: U.S. author Reza Aslan was questioned, not threatened, at border," by Jeremy Sharon, Jerusalem Post, August 15, 2018:
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has admitted to interrogating prominent US author and scholar Reza Aslan at the Israel-Jordan border two weeks ago, but denied that he was threatened in any way or asked about his political opinions.
Aslan said on Tuesday that he had been interrogated by the Shin Bet for an extended period of time, that the Shin Bet agent threatened that he might not see his children for a long time, and that he was asked political questions and told to name Palestinians and journalists he associates with.
The Shin Bet said that Aslan, who they noted was born in Iran, was interrogated "after his behavior aroused suspicion," although it did not specify what exactly he had done to arouse these suspicions.
"At the end of a brief interrogation Mr. Aslan was released after the suspicion was lifted," the Shin Bet said in its response.
"The claims made about threats against Mr. Aslan and the claims about political questions were thoroughly examined by the Shin Bet, and it was found that they are totally without foundation and have no basis to reality," the agency insisted….