Greene was right to question motives

August 12, 2013 

Greene was right to question motives

Mr. Leonard Pitts in his column “Fox Sinks to New Low with Interview” ( Fort Mill Times, Aug. 7) maintains that Lauren Green’s interview with Reza Aslan “ surely in the top ten on the list of the most (God-awful TV shows).” Mr. Pitts then seems to propose that Mr. Aslan’s qualifications as an historian who is fluent in biblical Greek, who holds four degrees and spent 20 years researching the origins of Christianity, should somehow exempt him from being questioned about his motives for writing a book with the suggestive title “ Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” a search for the historicity of the itinerant rabbi who founded the biggest religion on earth, an obviously demeaning reference to Jesus and an affront to Christianity.

After the (customary) bashing of Fox News in particular and conservatives in general, Mr. Pitts concludes, “But the better news is that he (Aslan) lives in a country where the right to follow any line of scholarship he wants is carved in stone, regardless of how he conceives God. There is a word for that: Freedom. Lauren Green should look it up.”

I agree with that statement and believe that Lauren Green does, too: She exercised that very freedom in questioning Mr. Aslan’s motives.

Joe Knippenberg

Fort Mill

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