Anthea Butler, the tenured University of Pennsylvania religious studies professor who recently expressed her outrage over the George Zimmerman verdict by calling God a gun-toting white racist chasing young black men, continued her attack on conservative Christians by claiming they worship racism and white slavery at the 2013 Harlem Book Fair, Red Alert Politics reported Tuesday.
“I was coming after their god, I was not coming after the God of the scriptures, the God that we know, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” Butler said, justifying her comments at Religion Dispatches. “I was coming after the god they worship, Mammon; the god they worship, racism; the god they worship, white supremacy.”
According to Red Alert Politics, the panel, titled “The New Jerusalem: Black Life, The Church, and the Struggle for American Democracy,” was convened to discuss the implications for the black church in today’s America.
Butler, however, decided to use the panel to continue the attack she began in her blog post.
“I got attacked by the Right,” she said. “I got attacked by Fox, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh — I’m saying all y’alls names out loud — Daily Caller. All of them came at me this week.”
“I didn’t have no church people to clean up my Twitter feed,” said Butler, apparently referring to a tweet she sent repeating the thesis of her blog post.
“y’all take care of the KKKlan Twitter egg avi’s till I return. I see my sheet they don’t like me calling out their racist god #toobad,” she tweeted, according to the initial report from Campus Reform.
Butler holds a Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt and a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and is a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN.
According to Butler, conservatives called her a number of names, none of which are fit to print here, but Rush Limbaugh disagreed Monday, calling her a liar.
“All we did was laugh at her,” he said. Limbaugh went on to say that after checking all the “attacks” Butler referenced, none of the words she cited were used by any of the people she named.
“Those were tweets or comments from online people, not talk radio people or Daily Caller,” he said.
Limbaugh wasn’t finished, however, saying that like “most liberals,” Butler is “just filled with rage and anger.”
“It’s impossible for her to be happy. She’s gotta corrupt. She’s gotta pollute. She has to twist minds. She has to revise history to make her feel worthwhile, I guess,” he added.
Butler said she was thankful her tenure at the university prevented her from being fired, but, Kaitlyn Schallhorn said, “that doesn’t mean she has the best support system around campus.”
According to ratemyprofessors.com, Butler has an overall quality of 1.7 out of five.
“She is an awful teacher who thinks that she knows everything when half of the time she is making mistakes in the names of the things she is trying to teach,” one student said in 2011.
“Worst Professor ive (sic) ever known or heard of. [H]er opinions are poorly substantiated and academically unsound to say the least mostly due to her afrocentric presuppositional bias which makes her narrow-minded,” another student said.
The latest opinion, recorded in 2013, calls her “pathetic.”
“This teacher is pathetically bad at her supposed job. Do not give this untalented instructor any more classes. Bad,” the reviewer wrote.
A post at calvinistview.com described her original post at Religious Dispatches in two words: “What poppycock.”
“This professor questions the nature of God predicated upon a verdict with which she disagrees? Anthea Butler has the audacity to surmise what’s in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans of faith. What Bible is this woman reading — the Gospel according to Rev. Jeremiah Wright?” the blog asked.
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