During a visit to Brazil, Pope Francis said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” It’s not quite an open-armed embrace of the gay community, but it’s a big improvement from his predecessor, who equated homosexuality with pedophilia. And it’s a message that I hope will resonate with people of all faiths, not just Catholics.
But just as one door to enlightenment, tolerance, and general human decency opens, it appears that another closes, as is evidenced by this disgusting interview on Fox News. Academic and author Reza Aslan shows incredible restraint while being subjected to a shameful line of questioning that surely left even Fox News’ most ardent supporters grovelling about its unquestionable bias.
If I were Aslan, I would have stooped to respond with a few misguided questions of my own, like asking Fox’s female news anchor Lauren Green why she, as a woman, feels qualified to interview a man? After all, that’s tantamount to the argument she attempted to make about a Muslim writing a scholarly examination of history’s most famous Jew (and, for the record, Islam considers Jesus to be a great prophet).
At the end of the day, who do you think Jesus would embrace, the Muslim who has dedicated his life to fostering a better understanding of all religions or the Fox News anchor who can’t see past her own petty prejudice? Hey, like the Pope said, who am I to judge!