Reza Aslan - Bigotry, Fundamentalism and Neo-Atheism in the Media


Professor Reza Aslan is the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and is a writer and scholar on religious studies.

Is there a media bias against Islam? Reza Aslan points to certain media pundits and hosts who call all religion bad, but Islam “the worst.” Is it bigoted when pundits like Sam Harris call any non-extremist Muslims “not real” Muslims? Are some media commentators denouncing and defining Christian and Muslim extremism themselves fundamentalist bigots? Where is the balance between when interpreting holy text? What is the difference between atheism and neo-atheism? Is there such a thing as the one “truth?”

Reza Aslan sits down with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur to discuss and debate the state of religious commentary in media, religious ignorance, the removal of religion from society and neo-atheism, what it really means to be religious, picking-and-choosing attitudes across the board, and much more on fundamental misunderstandings of religion.

More on Reza Aslan: http://rezaaslan.com/


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Why We Need to ‘Rock the Vote’ - Voter Awareness w/ Ashley Spillane


Ashley Spillane is the president of Rock the Vote, and is working to help young voters realize how crucially important it is to exercise their right to vote. You may have seen the “Turn Out for What” music video with Lil’ Jon- it’s fun and lighthearted, but drives home the message to millenials that voting is an important way to support causes that matter to them. How can Rock the Vote combat apathy and other barriers preventing them from voting? What really stops young people from voting?

John Iadarola (TYT, TYT University) interviews Rock the Vote President, Ashley Spillane all about Rock the Vote and why voting is so deeply necessary, no matter what your beliefs.

Learn more: http://www.rockthevote.com/

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Interview with Reza Aslan, Author of ‘Zealot’


Reza Aslan is a religious scholar and the author of ” Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” He has become notorious after being the subject of an interview with Fox News’ Lauren Green in what is now thought to be one of the worst, most biased interviews on television ever. Aslan tried, but was ultimately unable to talk about his book in depth. Now, he sits with Cenk Uygur and discusses “Zealot” and his historical and religious findings about Jesus Christ. 

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