Reza Aslan, a Media Martyr and a Bully
On Twitter, he attacks and belittles those with different views.
4:28 PM, Jul 30, 2013 • By OREN KESSLER
Author of a dissertation titled, “Global Jihadism as a Transnational Social Movement: A Theoretical Framework,” Aslan has compared Osama bin Laden to Martin Luther, to Queen’s late frontman Freddie Mercury, and even to writer and frequent critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali. When one interlocutor questioned that last analogy, Aslan snapped back:
When Aslan was asked about the efforts his website, Aslan Media, made to raise awareness of a preacher sentenced to death for practicing Christianity in Iran, Aslan replied:
Aslan’s own tweets suggest that the author portrayed as quasi-heroic figure forced to endure the slings and arrows of a conservative corporate media giant has a mean streak. What was most unusual about the Fox interview is that, for once, it wasn’t Aslan who came off as the bully.
Oren Kessler is a Tel Aviv-based writer and analyst.
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