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10/03/2014 02:00 pm ET Updated Oct 04, 2014

CNN's Chris Cuomo Says Reza Aslan's 'Tone' Shows Why People Are 'Fearful' Of Islam

Recently, author Reza Aslan got a little heated on CNN over some rather sweepingly hostile generalizations Bill Maher made about Islam, as well as some questions about Islam's supposed propensity towards violence.

On Thursday, CNN's Chris Cuomo said Aslan's "tone" was an example of why people are scared of Muslims in the first place.

"He wound up kind of demonstrating what people are fearful about when they think of the faith in the first place, which is the hostility of it," he said, as though responding verbally to attacks on your religion is some sort of wild-eyed practice.

"The Muslim world is responsible for a really big part of religious extremism right now," Cuomo continued. "And they are unusually violent. They're unusually barbaric in the places where it is happening. And it's happening there more there than it is in other places. Do you therefore want to generalize? Of course not. But you do want to call a situation what it is."

While he talked, the chyron beneath him read "IS ISLAM VIOLENT? OR PEACEFUL?"

(h/t Media Matters)

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