In today’s politically correct culture, marching in the establishment lockstep, not ability, is what gets you ahead. The mainstream media lionizes people not because of their particular acumen, talents or intelligence, but because they parrot the establishment line that the media wants the public to adopt: contempt for America, hatred for Israel, disdain for Christianity and the Judeo-Christian tradition, and endless justification for Islamic supremacists and jihadists.
A prime example of this, yet again, is the shallow and callow Islamic supremacist Reza Aslan, a Board member of a lobbying group for the bloodthirsty and genocidally antisemitic Iranian regime. Interviewed at the BBC about Obama’s meeting with Pope Francis, Aslan claimed that the “founding philosophy of the Jesuits” was “the preferential option for the poor.” Well, let’s see. The Jesuits were founded in 1534. According to the California Catholic Conference, “the popular term ‘preferential option for the poor’ is relatively new. Its first use in a Church document is in 1968 from a meeting of the Conference of Latin American Bishops held in Medellin, Columbia.” So Aslan was only 434 years off — recalling when he called Turkey the second most populous Muslim country, which was only about 100 million people off.
To be sure, the 1540 Constitution of the Jesuits does say that “since we know by experience that no life is happier, purer, or more apt to aid its fellow than the one most removed from all contagion of avarice, and close to holy poverty, and since we know that our Lord Jesus Christ provides necessary food and clothing for his servants seeking the kingdom of God, let each and all vow eternal poverty, and not to acquire any civil right, either personally, or for the maintenance or use of the society to any property, wherever situated, or to its income, but to be content with the use only of what is given them for meeting their own necessities.” But the vow of poverty, which the Jesuits have quite often honored in the breach, is not at all the same thing as the “preferential option for the poor,” which the California Catholic Conference explains involves making “economic decisions in an increasingly globalized free market economy. Every economic decision…must take into consideration how it impacts the dignity of the human person. Take the California budget, for instance. How does each decision impact the poor? Are they helped or made poorer? Do the rich gain more than the poor?” In other words, the “preferential option for the poor” is about governments forcibly redistributing wealth through taxation, which is a far cry from voluntary poverty.
So once again we see this arrogant, foul-mouthed clown not knowing what he is talking about. (Another “typo,” Reza?) Despite the fawning he constantly receives from the mainstream media, Reza Aslan is such an intellectually formidable scholar that he writes “than” for “then” and apparently thinks the Latin word “et” is an abbreviation. He writes “clown’s” for “clowns”; and refers to “the reincarnation, which Christianity talks about” — although he later claimed that one was a “typo.” In yet another “typo,” he claimed that the Biblical story of Noah was barely four verses long — which he then corrected to forty, but that was wrong again, as it is 89 verses long. Reza Aslan is less a “religious scholar,” in other words, than he is a marginally literate, unevenly educated charlatan with a talent for telling the mainstream media what it wants to hear. His big secret is that he is really not all that bright, and is in way over his head, asked to comment all the time on matters that are way beyond his competence — and he knows it, which is why he lashes out so ferociously against anyone who dares to challenge him.
Grant Gallicho at Commonweal seems to be on to Aslan, as he sarcastically refers to him as the “renowned scholar of Catholicism”: “Francis & Obama meet, opening singularity that sucks oxygen out of U.S. media,” by Grant Gallicho for Commonweal, March 27 (thanks to James):
This morning, renowned scholar of Catholicism Reza Aslan weighed in at the BBC, explaining that the “founding philosophy of the Jesuits” was “the preferential option for the poor,” that Jesus’ message on poverty was “about literally replacing the poor with the rich, of them changing places, if you will” (I won’t), that the pope “isn’t even preaching truly what Jesus was preaching…that the rich and the poor should switch places.” Aslan continued to regale listeners with his revolutionary hermeneutic of replacement: “The real power of this meeting comes from the fact that both men are interested in replacing values with politics.”