The Daily Show – Reza Aslan

The Daily Show – Reza Aslan


>>Jon: WELCOME BACK. MY GUEST TONIGHT, HE IS A
RELIGIOUS SCHOLAR, A BEST SELLING AUTHOR, HIS
BOOKS INCLUDES “NO GOD BUT GOD” “ZEALOT.” PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE
PROGRAM REZA ASLAN. ( APPLAUSE ).>>HOW’S IT GOING?>>Jon: IT IS GOING VERY
WELL.>>ALL RIGHT!>>Jon: BOY, YOUR PHONE MUST BE
RINGING OFF THE HOOK. AS A MAN WHO STUDY–
>>THE GOD BUSINESS IS VERY GOOD.>>Jon: VERY GOOD RIGHT
NOW.>>YEAH, IT’S BEEN VERY GOOD TO
ME.>>Jon: BECAUSE OF HOW BAD IT
IS.>>YEAH. THERE’S ALWAYS
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT.>>Jon: WHY– YOU KNOW,
I’VE ALWAYS SAID RELIGION HAS GIVEN PEOPLE GREAT COMFORT IN A
WORLD TORN APART BY RELIGION. ( LAUGHTER )
WHY HASN’T GOD JUST SETTLED THIS?>>YEAH, HE REALLY SHOULD,
JUST WHO’S RIGHT. JUST GET IT OVER WITH. YEAH.>>Jon: WHY? BECAUSE DOESN’T HE EVER THINK,
OKAY, OKAY, THIS HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH?>>WELL, LOOK, THE THING ABOUT
RELIGION THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT’S FAR MORE
A MATTER OF IDENTITY THAN IT IS JUST A MATTER OF BELIEFS AND
PRACTICES. I MEAN, THOSE THINGS ARE
IMPORTANT. BUT WHEN YOU SAY, “I’M A JEW,
I’M A MUSLIM, I’M A CHRISTIAN,” YOU’RE MAKING AN IDENTITY
STATEMENT FAR MORE SO THAN A STATEMENT OF THE
THINGS YOU BELIEVE. I MEAN, LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY–
SEVEN OUT OF 10 AMERICANS CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS, SEVEN OUT
OF 10 AMERICANS. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE. SEVEN OUT OF 10 AMERICANS. SEVEN OUT OF 10 AMERICANS.>>Jon: HOLD ON. I DON’T DO WELL WITH THIS.
>>YEAH IT’S NOT, YEAH –>>Jon: SO YOU’RE SAYING 135%.
>>YEAH, I’M SAYING –>>Jon: WAIT, HOLD ON. ( LAUGHTER ).>>THAT MEANS THAT– THAT MEANS
THAT– YOU’VE GOT TO GET YOUR KIDS TO HELP.
>>Jon: RIGHT.>>THAT MEANS THAT SEVEN OUT OF
10 AMERICAN GOES TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY OR SEVEN OUT OF 10
AMERICANS READ THE BIBLE ON A REGULAR BASIS –>>Jon: I SEE WHAT YOU’RE
SAYING.>>OR SEVEN OUT OF 10
AMERICANS CAN TELL YOU ANYTHING ABOUT JESUS —
>>Jon: RIGHT.>>EXCEPT THAT HE WAS BORN IN A
MAINCHER AND DIED ON A CROSS? NO, OF COURSE, NOT. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THAT 70%
WHEN SAY THEY I’M A CHRISTIAN THEY’RE MAKING A STATEMENT OF
THEIR IDENTITY THAT INCLUDES THEIR NATIONALITY, THEIR
ETHNICITY, THEIR WORLD VIEW –>>Jon: RIGHT.>>THEIR POLITICS. ALL OF THOSE
THINGS ARE WRAPPED UP. SO RELIGION IS ABOUT WHO YOU ARE
AS A PERSON AS MUCH AS IT IS ABOUT WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND THE
RITUALS THAT YOU PRACTICE.>>Jon: WHAT STRUCK ME ABOUT
WHEN YOU SAID THAT, YOU SAID SEVEN OUT OF 10 AMERICANS
IDENTIFY AS CHRISTIANS, IS THE WHOLE MERRY CHRISTMAS
HULLABALOO.>>YEAH.>>Jon: WHEN YOU SAY THAT IN A
STORE, YOU HAVE A 30% CHANCE OF BEING WRONG.>>OF OFFENDING SOMEBODY? YEAH.>>Jon: AND IT REALLY DOES, IT
WOULD BE ALMOST LIKE SAYING, “FROM NOW ON IN STORES
JUST SAY,’ HELLO, SIR’.”>>YEAH, YEAH. WELL, AS A
MUSLIM, WHENEVER SOMEBODY SAYS MERRY CHRISTMAS, I’M
OBLIGATED TO SAY ( BLEEP ) YOU.>>Jon: WHAT? IS THAT TRUE?
>>YEAH.>>Jon: IS THAT IN THE KORAN?>>IT’S IN THE KORAN. IT’S IN
THE KORAN. YEAH.>>Jon: I HAD NO IDEA. I THOUGHT IT WAS PART OF THE
HADITH. I DIDN’T REALIZE THAT WAS IN THE
KORAN. BUT IT BRINGS UP SUCH AN
INTERESTING POINT BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVE THAT IF YOU REMOVE
THE CONSTRUCT OF RELIGION– AND THAT’S WHY THIS DISCUSSION
OF ISLAM IS SO IMPORTANT.>>YEAH.>>Jon: BECAUSE NOW THE THREAD
IS THAT ISLAM OF ALL THE MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONS —
>>RIGHT.>>Jon: IS PARTICULARLY PRONE
TO EXTREMISM, MAYBE IN THIS MOMENT, CERTAINLY THE OTHER
RELIGIONS HAVE HAD IT.>>YEAH. YEAH.>>Jon: BUT RELIGION IS MORE
THAN ANYTHING ELSE, A CHOICE BUT NOT VIEWED THAT WAY.>>NO, IT’S NOT. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I THINK IT’S– LOOK, THERE’S OBVIOUSLY A
SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH RELIGION– RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD,
AND PARTICULARLY IN ISLAM AND THE MIDDLE EAST. BUT IF YOU’RE GOING TO BLAME
RELIGION FOR VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF RELIGION, THEN YOU HAVE
TO CREDIT RELIGION FOR EVERY ACT OF COMPASSION IN THE NAME OF
RELIGION. YOU HAVE TO CREDIT RELIGION FOR
EVERY ACT OF LOVE IN THE NAME OF RELIGION. AND THAT’S NOT WHAT PEOPLE
USUALLY THINK. I MEAN, THEY FOCUS VERY MUCH ON
THE NEGATIVES. PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT
THERE’S THIS MISCONCEPTION THAT PEOPLE DERIVE THEIR VALUES FROM
THEIR SCRIPTURES. AND THE TRUTH IS THAT IT’S MORE
OFTEN THE CASE THAT PEOPLE INSERT THEIR VALUES INTO THEIR
SCRIPTURES. I MEAN, OTHERWISE, EVERY
CHRISTIAN WHO READ THIS BIBLE WOULD READ IT EXACTLY
THE SAME WAY. IN THIS COUNTRY, NOT 200 YEARS
AGO, BOTH SLAVE OWNERS AND ABOLITIONISTS NOT ONLY USED THE
SAME BIBLE TO JUSTIFY THEIR VIEWPOINTS. THEY USED THE SAME VERSES TO DO
SO. I MEAN, THAT’S THE THING ABOUT
SCRIPTURE. ITS POWER COMES FROM ITS
MALLEABILITY. YOU CAN READ IT IN ANY WAY YOU
WANT TO. IF YOU ARE A VIOLENT MISOGYNIST,
YOU WILL FIND PLENTY IN THE KORAN OR THE BIBLE TO
JUSTIFY YOUR VIEWPOINT. IF YOU’RE A PEACEFUL FEMINIST,
YOU WILL FIND JUST AS MUCH IN THOSE SCRIPTURES TO JUSTIFY YOUR
VIEWPOINT.>>Jon: WHAT IF YOU’RE A
JEW WHO LOVES A BACON EGG CROISSAN’WICH? IS THERE– IS THERE SOMETHING
FOR ME?>>THAT MIGHT BE —
>>Jon: JUST AS A — ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THERE’S GOT TO BE SOMETHING.>>I WOULD RECOMMEND THE BOOK OF
MORMON FOR YOU. THAT MIGHT –>>Jon: YES! I KNEW IT!
>>BUT I MEAN –>>Jon: BUT THAT IS THE POINT.>>EXACTLY. THE POINT IS IS THAT WITHOUT
INTERPRETATION SCRIPTURE IS JUST WORDS ON A PAGE. IT REQUIRES SOMEBODY TO READ IT,
TO ENCOUNTER IT FOR IT TO HAVE ANY KIND OF MEANING, AND
OBVIOUSLY IN THAT TRANSACTION, YOU ARE BRINGING YOURSELF, YOUR
VIEWS, YOUR POLITICS, YOUR SOCIAL IDEAS INTO THE TEXT. HOW YOU READ SCRIPTURE HAS
EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WHO YOU ARE. GOD DOES NOT MAKE YOU A BIGOT. YOU’RE JUST A BIGOT.>>Jon: THE VIOLENCE — THAT’S
A GOOD POINT. AND THE VIOLENCE IN THAT
REGION IS AN OUTGROWTH OF PAUCITY OF MANY THINGS, RELIGION
NOT BEING THE SOLE DRIVER OF THESE IDENTITY DIFFICULTIES THAT
ARE GOING ON.>>THERE’S A LOT OF ISSUES THAT
ARE INVOLVED– SOCIAL ISSUES, POLITICAL ISSUES, CULTURAL
ISSUES. ALL THOSE THINGS.>>Jon: WILL YOU STICK
AROUND AROUND.>>YEAH.>>Jon: WE’LL TALK A LITTLBE BIT
ABOUT –>>HOW TO FIX THE MIDDLE EAST?>>Jon: IT’D BE NICE.>>LET’S DO THIS.>>Jon: ALL RIGHT. AND, BY THE
WAY, WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT ON AIR CAUSE THAT’D BE TOO EASY. WE’RE GOING TO DO IT ON THE WEB.
>>YEAH.>>Jon: THE PAPERBACK OF
“ZEALOT” IS ON THE BOOKSHELVES NOW. REZA ASLAN.

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  1. You have no knowledge in history of antiquity to write about Jesus, probably he did not even existed, and what is written about him in the gospels is not accurate and most probable invented.

  2. They said Jesus is God is there any verse that says he is God when he said himself John chapter 5 verse 30. By myself I can't do nothing I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. People don't be fooled read your bible yourself don't just say am following what my father's followed cause when u die they don't go in the grave with u is just u and the God who made u please research before it's too late

  3. And gospel of John chapter 14 verse 26. But the advocate the holy spirit whom the father will send in my name will teach all things and will remind you of everything I have said to and more gospel of John ch.16 v.7 ch.16 v.12-14

  4. And he even said God will send another prophet muhumad s.c.w am muslim and I belive Jesus was a massager of God and muhumad s.c.w was sent after him

  5. They said Jesus is God is there any verse that says he is God when he said himself John chapter 5 verse 30. By myself I can't do nothing I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. People don't be fooled read your bible yourself don't just say am following what my father's followed cause when u die they don't go in the grave with u is just u and the God who made u please research before it's too late

  6. And gospel of John chapter 14 verse 26. But the advocate the holy spirit whom the father will send in my name will teach all things and will remind you of everything I have said to and more gospel of John ch.16 v.7 ch.16 v.12-14

  7. And he even said God will send another prophet muhumad s.c.w am muslim and I belive Jesus was a massager of God and muhumad s.c.w was sent after him

  8. Gospel of John chapter 5 verse 30 by myself I can't do nothing I judge only as I hear and my judgment is just for i seek not to please myself but him he said said himself he's not God

  9. Is he crazy? F word in the Quran! There is no such thing. I hope people don't take this seriously. This is a lie. If anyone wants to know then the Islamic greeting is the best. Salam alai Kum, peace be on you. Nothing better than this greeting.
    Who is this guy Aslan? He has no knowledge of Islam and is not a scholar for sure. He has no PhD Etc in Islam from any reputed university. Viewers and listeners should just take it as his views and not from Islam
    On the other hand Jon Stewart is more knowledgable and he will for sure research this and conclude on his ow that Reza lied

  10. Is nothing in koran bad things about Virgin Mary that’s totally lie !!!!! and nothing about saying marry christmas that’s totally lie to!

  11. Usually I despise Reza Aslan for just flat out denying that today Islam is a problem so cudos to him for admitting that there is a problem with Islamic terrorism. Now all that's left is admitting that it's easier to justify violent acts with the Islamic faith vs the rest of the worlds major religions, and that its a problem we need to talk about NOW

  12. 2,40 that's not Quran Allah said we are all brother live in peace all together like one family's all humans been no no defrant

  13. You don't find hate and misogyny in the Quran because you are hateful and misogynist. You find it because it's in the book and it's part of the religion. You don't have to follow it but stop kidding yourself. Some of us have read it.. It's in there.

  14. الحمدلله قال رسول لصحاب اتعلم من احباب قال الصحاب نحن قال لا احبابي من امنؤ آني رسول الله دون ان يروني اتكلم معهم

  15. But you won't find much bad verse in budhist or hinduism, so why the fuck don't you guys leave your shit, and start reading new text….

  16. Pardon me! Where in the Quran it is mentioned" when someone tells you merry Christmas you tell them Fuck you! "

    Not even there ! Not in the Quraan!

  17. No no no Raza is saying wrong he is misleading and translating the Quran in his own thoughts when some say to us marry Christmas it is appropriate we should not say any thing. If it really important to answer then we can reply same to u . He is coating some fiq’ha in the name of islam

  18. If GOD forbid Quran say that In reply of marry Christmas u have to say that nonsense ,”raza mention the ayat = verse of Quran Pak

  19. 2:40 at this time the man said : same to you. Not like the video editor wants you to think by replacing it by beep. And here where it is in Quran
    "And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]. Indeed, Allah is ever, over all things, an Accountant". Sora No. 4 verse No. 86

  20. Central Comedy you made people here think the otherwise by beeping on 2:40 he said no 'F' word as you suggested, literally he said " same to you " referring to verse 86 chapter 5 in the Quran, by the way there is no single F word in the Quran.
    I hope your mistake was an honest one, and you corrected right away
    By the way you owe the man an apology

  21. There's no where in Quran that states we should condemn a person if he say merry Christmas. That is misleading !

  22. Nowhere in Quran does it say to reply FU when someone greets you with Merry Christmas. Read up Aslan. Don't spread lies.

  23. And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]. Indeed, Allah is ever, over all things, an Accountan

    Quran 4:86

  24. And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]. Indeed, Allah is ever, over all things, an Accountan
    Quran 4:86

  25. And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]. Indeed, Allah is ever, over all things, an Accountan
    Quran 4:86

  26. And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]. Indeed, Allah is ever, over all things, an Accountan
    Quran 4:86

  27. Utterly disgusting.. the guy uses his stand for 'theological scholar' just for business like the capitalists, diplomats, wall street brokers, politicians and whores do business.. nothing he said made any substantial sense.. that is not a 'reply' according to Islamic tradition to someone sayying marry Christmas, there no where even remotely mention in any book let alone misinterpreting something.. he is being just a show-off jerk.. the reply is simply saying 'thank you'..

  28. People derive their values from the scriptures, rather they insert their values into the scriptures " the whole show closed up in a vessel

  29. I don't think the word f.. you was around in those days. Reza, you're by far to super-smart to misinterpret or misquote the scriptures. Don't do that.

  30. Ok ill go ahead and leave my belief in christ by listening to an idiot who cant defend his belief of muhamad anymore. What a looser 😂😂

  31. Guys it's a sacrilege to quote wrong things out of Quran and Hadith (even if it's a joke). It's also very rude and disturbing to Muslims. Reza of all people should know this.

  32. I am so tired of remote neural monitoring and torture. Why you are watching me. Why are you torturing me? My whole body including my brain is being tortured by inhuman experimentation.

  33. If you have 100 people watching a movie they’ll all have their own opinions.
    You teach 100 students some get above 90% some fail and most just pass with a normal score.
    There is nothing wrong in the Quraan it’s a fantastic and truthful book .
    For eg there might be a verse that says fight which when taken out of context might be like OMG but in context it will be saying if you are being attacked it’s ok to defend yourself like if you are a soldier the Sergeant will day if your enemy is attacking you fight back .
    It’s not talking about fighting in society with peaceful people where you have to follow the laws of the land.
    This is where people or trouble makers quote out of context hence you need to ask them to show you exactly where it says that and read the whole verse ..
    Don’t be fooled by media !!!

  34. For those who says that Muslims can't take joke for what Reza Aslan said on 2:42 about the greeting, we are just worried about any misundertanding that might occur for non-Muslims considering that the world nowadays equate ISIS or extremists with Muslims. No one hate ISIS as much as the Muslims because ISIS doesn't represent the vast majority of Muslims who believe in peace, compassion and love for our dear brothers and sisters of the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and even the atheists.
    To those who happen to read this please know that 1.7 billion Muslims believe in peace and compassion towards one another and we hate atrocities, terror and violence just as much as we hate Hitler for the Holocaust.
    Peace be upon you.

  35. Listen … its no where in the Quran or hadith to say f you… he is joking about this.. i dunno why he would do that though

  36. Religion is a choice – the dumbest thing i ever heardf from John. Yes, you CHOSE to be born in christian family that drags you to church every fucking sunday and CHOSE to go to school that forces you to learn the bible, you CHOSE to listen about the evil other religions at dinner, just the same as you chose to be born in a country that uses islam to make laws, and forces you to wear some lame hogwarts robes.

    Religion is only a choice in places like japan, and the choice they consistently make is "i dont give a fuck"

  37. By the way, this Riza guy is fraud, he says he is muslim yet lies about Quran, shame are stuff said and spoke of Islam from so many people who claim they are, shame on you, yet respect for John Stewart, which I think he wanted to tell him he is wrong about that, but couldn't, he was like : am a Jew!! who am I to contradict such stuff coming from a claimed Muslim

  38. You're wrong Reza. Not all Christians read the bible the same way. You can't trust phd students man. Bible says, "it's hidden from the wise and prudent"
    I promise you, a lot of Muslims will also disagree with this wiseguy.

  39. @5:12 – actually Reza, that statement god does not make you a bigot is slyly worded (I'm not saying you were being disingenuous), but the writings of Judaism and Islam very definitely say Goy and kafir are not as worthy as Jews/Muslims.
    In fact, those religions also denigrate women to a horrifying degree. For instance: 'Thank G-d I am not a goy or a woman.'
    That's one reason Jesus' teachings were so 'outlandish' at the time. He pulled women up from merely being chattel.

  40. Im not sure why muslims here in the comments take alot of these jokes seriously, like, yes i too am a muslims but, this is comedy central.

  41. Peace to all…. Reza is just after fame and money and he definitely found a subject to write about and add many lies which made it easy for him to be on TV.

    The Quran says if a Christian says marry Christmas to him then he as a Muslim should answer f***k you???????

    Hope he is joking otherwise I would understand that the USA is a perfect place for liars to make money.

    Allah says in Holy Quran
    واذا حييتم بتحية فحيوا باحسن منها او ردوها ان الله كان على كل شيء حسيبا

    When ye are greeted with a greeting, greet ye with a better than it or return it. Lo! Allah taketh count of all things.
    (1) سورة النساء – سورة 4 – آية 86

    Sura nr 4 vers 86

    Correct me if I’m wrong someone tells me marry Christmas when they meet me isn’t that a greeting???????

    So as a Muslim now how should I respond back????

    According to Reza and his claim about what is written in the Quran ?

    Or according to what is really in the Quran?

    Peace to all

  42. Many see sarcasm or jokes and I like Reza but I do agree with not stating something that’s actually not in the Quran, many would actually think its true although he was joking or being sarcastic. We live in a world where hate is being propaganda into society so it’s best to be clear when we want to reference the Quran

  43. Just worship science, at least they admit when they are wrong. As an atheist I don’t have to hate, or blow up , or behead anyone.

  44. Utter, utter bullshit. Like people just become a bigot in a vacuum.? Is this guy fucking serious.? Of course not.

  45. Yo… hold on.. i have read NO WHERE in the Qur'an that you are OBLIGATED to say "f**k you" when someone else says "Merry Christmas" to you…???? I would like to ask reza aslan to give reffernece to this claim..???

  46. When it comes to demonrats, socialshits, libturds, progressonuts, and their Media sycophants, like Reza Aswipe, hypocrisy is the new black. 😒

  47. Reza Aslan wrote a book about zealots? fast forward four years and behold the irony:

    "After today there is no longer any room for nuance. The President is a white nationalist terror leader. His supporters – ALL OF THEM – are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood. And this evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society.

    — Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) August 4, 2019"

  48. This is incredibly dishonest of Aslan though. Clearly there is scripture that can only be interpreted very narrowly and thus can only ramify a particular kind of belief or value. There is a feedback loop here which Aslan is not appropriately recognizing. I agree, the origin of values is not from the text, but the text can ramify the values and beliefs it was built upon, and also ramify the values one already has to a lesser or greater extent. And wouldn't it be better if that text wasn't so easily set up to do so for problematic beliefs? Why have a verse in the Bible that clearly justifies slavery? Why have verses in the Quran that clearly treat women as lesser than men? And if you're picking and choosing to begin with, why go to these "holy" texts at all? By admitting that our values do not come from these texts, you're admitting that we don't need them. They're an utter waste of time and only serve as an additional factor in setting us up for tribalism and magical thinking.

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