'American God' is 'White Racist God with a Problem'
'American God' is 'White Racist God with a Problem' Says College Professor Anthea Butler
University of Pennsylvania Professor Anthea Butler recently slammed religious conservatives after the George Zimmerman verdict, which acquitted the defendant.
Butler recalled that Zimmerman told Fox News' Sean Hannity that the shooting of Martin was "God's plan".
Writing on ReligionDispatches.org,
Butler stated: “When George Zimmerman told Sean Hannity that it was
God’s will that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, he was diving right
into what most good conservative Christians in America think right now.
Whatever makes them protected, safe, and secure, is worth it at the
expense of the black and brown people they fear."
"Their god is the god that wants to erase race, make everyone act 'properly' and respect, as the president said, “a nation of laws”; laws that they made to crush those they consider inferior."
Butler added: "As a black woman in n 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, who is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania department of Religious Studies, stated: “When the good Christians of America are some of its [America’s] biggest racists, one has to consider our moral responsibility to call out those who clearly are not for human flourishing, no matter what ethnicity a person is. Where are you on that scale? I know where I am.”