For well over a month now, CNN has pushed a conversation about whether there is something inherently violent about Islam or whether the religion promotes violence. Conversation has been presented by anchors, particularly Don Lemon, as just hosts asking questions for the sake of some innocent and potentially educational discussion. The problem is CNN is not simply asking questions and no one is learning anything. And the network is framing segments around questions that are driven by uninformed and bigoted attitudes toward Muslims.
On September 29, writer and scholar on religions, Reza Aslan, appeared as a guest to talk about what CNN referred to as “a complicated question that many people are asking. Are Muslim countries more violent than others?”