It’s unbelievable that he actually went through with it.
CNN’s Reza Aslan is a scholar of religions and has several degrees.
He is also Muslim, for the record.
As displayed so clearly by Aslan, it turns out that you can have four university degrees, including a PhD, and still be a complete idiot.
His CNN series, Believer With Reza Aslan, is kinda like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, only with religion and not food. Aslan attempts to follow various religions as a ‘true believer’ in order to show the themes that are universal to all groups.
Well, about that…
His latest episode caused quite a stir as he joined a tiny, extreme Hindu sect that practices cannibalism.
That doesn’t seem like a ‘universal truth’ to me.
But hey, what do I know.
Aslan has taken a lot of heat for joining in.
He drank from a human skull and then ate a piece of human brain.
(So, bacon is off the menu, but human brains are A-Okay? That is messed up!)
WARNING: Graphic video
Watch The Moment:
At one point Aslan thinks it was a mistake:
Aslan has angered a lot of Hindus.
And there are many of them to anger.
Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu in Congress, tweeted: ‘I am very disturbed that CNN is using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism.’
The Democrat, from Hawaii, added: ‘Aslan apparently sought to find sensationalist and absurd ways to portray Hinduism.
‘Aslan and CNN didn’t just throw a harsh light on a sect of wandering ascetics to create shocking visuals – as if touring a zoo – but repeated false stereotypes about caste, karma and reincarnation that Hindus have been combating tirelessly.’
Aslan, an Iranian-born religious scholar, was with a group from the Aghori sect when he was invited to eat cooked brain tissue during a ritual.
Aslan, 44, met the Aghori in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, where they smeared the ashes from cremated human bodies on his face.
He then drank an alcoholic drink from a human skull, before eating what he was told was human brain.
At one point he fell out with the Aghori guru who shouted: ‘I will cut your head off if you keep talking so much.’
The guru began eating his own faeces [sic] and then hurled it at Aslan.
Aslan quipped: ‘I feel like this may have been a mistake.’
He later posted on Facebook: ‘Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal’.
‘It was burnt to a crisp!’
Indian-Americans have criticized CNN for highlights the beliefs of a tiny cult – which has less than 100 members – which has little to do with mainstream Hinduism.
The Aghori are devotees of the Hindu god Shiva and believe nothing can taint the human body. But their beliefs and practices are rejected by orthodox Hindus.
Read more: Daily Mail
My dear Tulsi Gabbard, did you think that CNN would be reporting facts and mainstream ideas?
Is CNN just using sensationalism to get ratings?
Is it easier to do that than actually reporting the truth?
What do you think?
Let us know in the comments.