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Professor Calls God a 'White Racist' After Zimmerman Verdict

By Ken Mandel   |   Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 05:45 PM

A university professor calls God a "white racist" who stalks "young black men" in a blog post after George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Anthea Butler is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

A member at the university's Department of Religious Studies, Butler's blog was released Monday on ReligionDispatches.org, a site to which she regularly contributes.

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"God ain't good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us," she wrote. "As a black woman in an [sic] 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's controversial comments come in the wake of the not-guilty verdict, which fanned the flame of a national conversation on racial profiling. She went on to characterize the killing as the result of racism rooted in Christianity.

"As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history," she wrote. "Those of us who teach American Religion have a responsibility to tell all of the story, not just the nice touchy-feely parts. When the good Christians of America are some of its 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."

Butler has a doctorate and master’s degree in religion from Vanderbilt and a masters in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, according to her university biography. Her latest book, "The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin's Tea Party Angels Are Galvanizing the Religious Right," came out in 2012.

Butler also wrote a 2007 book titled "Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making A Sanctified World," and is a regular contributor and guest on both MSNBC and CNN. She took exception to what she sees as the conservative Christian idea of the Creator.

"Whatever makes them protected, safe, and secure, is worth it at the expense of the black and brown people they fear," she wrote. "Their god is the god that wants to erase race."

Josiah Ryan, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, told Fox News that Butler's reaction was strange.

"No amount of heartbreak over the Zimmerman acquittal justifies these hateful posts," Ryan told the website. "Professor Butler's remarks were clearly designed to hurt when Americans needed healing and to divide when we needed unity. In tumultuous times, students must be able turn to their professors for calm and wisdom. In stoking the flames of hatred, Professor Butler has betrayed her students' trust. UPenn administrators ought not to allow her back in the classroom."

The university declined to comment, Fox News said.

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