The Muslim religious scholar whose Fox News interview about his book on Jesus doesn't exactly come off as a cerebral academic on Twitter, where his rants show a potty mouth always looking for a fight.
Reza Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” has gained some sympathy from the interview, in which Lauren Green noted his Islamic faith. But Aslan, who has repeatedly flaunted his credentials as a basis for writing a book on Christianity, has shown a little less-than-scholarly approach towards critics on the popular microblogging site. Profanity-laced tweets were sent from his account, denouncing those who criticized his works.
In a response to statements made by conservative blogger Robert Spencer back in early 2012, the scholar tweets, “Dear Robert Spencer. Stop begging for my attention. I’ll never take U seriously. P.S. I don’t think UR fat & gay. I think UR fat & stupid.”
As tweets compiled by BuzzFeed and The Blaze show, it is far more common than one might think. With tweets range from the mildly offensive “idiot” to the outrageous “dumbass,” Aslan has also introduced a Glenn Beck element to his account, following Beck’s closer look at the controversial author.
Some of the less inflammatory tweets are posted below.
Holy S---! Did I read this right? Glenn Beck made $80 million this year? That's like Romney money! Man, hate sells!
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) May 17, 2012
Robert Spencer freaks out bc I called Israeli immigration officials "a--holes." What's the big deal? I call Spencer an a--hole all the time.
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) April 16, 2012
Yet, he appears to be proud of his unscholarly-like attitude towards critics.
Seriously if calling hatemongers "a--holes" and trolls "s--t for brains" makes me a jerk then I proudly accept title #TwitterJerk
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) July 31, 2013