Reza Aslan is a prime contemporary example of a deceptive Islamic supremacist who is widely taken as a "moderate," and is thus a good illustration of how the ignorant and unwitting -- especially Leftist NPR multiculturalist types -- can be taken in by such people.
The adolescent literary poseur Aslan is racing around the country promoting his new literary anthology and trying to claim a spurious victim status for Muslims by whining about "Islamophobia," but his moderate mask just keeps on slipping: it is already known that he is a Board member of the National Iranian American Council, a group that genuine Iranian pro-democracy forces regard as an apologetic vehicle for the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has also called on the U.S. Government to negotiate not only with Ahmadinejad but with Hamas -- that is, with some of the most barbaric and genocidally-inclined adherents of Sharia.
And now there is more. The Investigative Project's recent survey of apologists for the jihad terror group Hizballah in the U.S. contains this:
Other supporters argue that Hizballah is a legitimate political party in Lebanon. Despite its ugly side, they say, Hizballah is a multi-faceted organization that also provides social services. "You may think of Hizballah as a terrorist organization, and certainly they have engaged in terrorist acts, but they are also the most dynamic political and social organization in Lebanon," writer and Muslim scholar Reza Aslan explained in a 2009 speech.
Well, sure, Reza, and Hitler built the autobahn.
Nor is that all. Aslan's "Islamophobia" Muslims-Are-Victims-Ignore-That-Jihad-Terror Tour last week had him appearing at Columbia University, at an event jointly sponsored by the Muslim Students Association and Hillel. From the MSA website:
Park 51 Reevaluated: Reza Aslan on Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism
Submitted by luqman on Mon, 11/08/2010 - 5:34am
Join the MSA & Hillel for a discussion on Park 51, Islamophobia, and Anti-Semitism with the CNN featured acclaimed author and professor Reza Aslan. Professor Aslan will also present and sign his latest book, Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, on neglected Middle Eastern literature in the English-speaking world. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Gil Anidjar of Columbia's Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies departments.
The MSA and Hillel, eh? The Muslim Students Association was established by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. In "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America," by Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991, the MSA is listed as one of the Brotherhood's allied organizations. And the memorandum explains that the Brotherhood's agenda in the U.S. is subversive: the Muslim Brothers "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
So now we have this vaunted moderate excusing Hizballah, calling for negotiations with Hamas, appearing for the MSA, and serving on the Board of a group that runs interference for the Iranian mullahs.
Has the "moderate Muslim" Reza Aslan ever met a jihad terrorist or Islamic supremacist he didn't like?