Ivy League Professor Questions ‘America’s Racist God’ After Zimmerman Trial
In a blog submitted to ReligionDispatches.org in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial, University of Pennsylvania Department of Religious Studies associate professor Anthea Butler questions the motives of 'America's racist God'.
God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.
Butler goes on to discuss the use of God in American politics to justify actions by the religious right.
The lamentation of the African-American community at yet another injustice, the surprise and disgust of others who understand, stand against this pseudo-god of capitalisms and incarceration that threaten to take over our nation.
While many continue to proclaim that the religious right is over, they’re wrong. The religious right is flourishing, and unlike the right of the 1970s, religious conservatism of the 21st century is in bed with the prison industrial complex, the Koch brothers, the NRA—all while proclaiming that they are “pro-life.” They are anything but. They are the ones who thought that what George Zimmerman did was right.
Fox News reached out to Anthea Butler as well as the University of Pennsylvania, but both declined to comment on the blog.
According to her biography, Butler holds doctorate and masters degrees in religion from Vanderbilt University as well as a masters in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the author of a 2007 book titled "Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making A Sanctified World," published by University of North Carolina Press.
[Via Fox News]