One proof that there’s no God (or at least a just and merciful one) is the triumph of the unjust and ill-deserving. And one of the best pieces of evidence of that sort is Reza Aslan’s ascendancy as a religious and cultural pundit. Here’s the latest argument against God’s existence: Aslan has just won the prestigious James Joyce Award. The University of California at Riverside Office of Puffery announced it;
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Reza Aslan, professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and best-selling author, has been named the recipient of the James Joyce Award and an Honorary Fellowship of the Literary & Historical Society, Europe’s largest university society.
The James Joyce Award is given to those who have excelled in a field of human endeavor and have made a profound impact on the world around them. Recipients in recent years have included Salman Rushdie, Alan Rickman, Desmond Tutu and Noam Chomsky. The award will be presented in the 2016-17 academic year.
The Literary & Historical Society is located in University College Dublin, Ireland, which is Ireland’s largest university, with more than 25,000 students.
“Given your immense success in the field of theology, we maintain your accomplishments certainly merit the award,” Sinead McCarthy, fellowships officer of the 162nd Session of the Literary and Historical Society, wrote in a letter announcing the award. “… We feel that your principled and unique analysis of Islam and other religions will be very educational for the students (at UCD), many of which are of either Christian or no faith – not to forget the university’s growing Islamic community. In an age where Islamophobia and ignorance of Islam dominate media discourse, we would be honoured to hear you speak in front of the Society to challenge the students and present to them another way of thinking about the way religion and specifically Islam are discussed and presented in the modern world.”
Aslan’s “principled and unique analysis of Islam” is, of course, to whitewash it, distorting its history and the beliefs of its adherents. What’s clear from the above is that he’s getting the award for defending pernicious religious beliefs by lying about them. It is an Authoritarian Leftist Award.
You can see more information about the prize, and the list of winners, here. Meanwhile, I’ve decided I’m in the wrong business. With a little greed and mendacity, I could be rolling in this stuff, and flush with Templeton cash.