According to Rutgers University professor Brittney Cooper, social conservatives cannot be true Christians because they do not see God as a leftist, politically correct activist. Specifically, she opined in a recent Salon editorial that the recent controversy over Indiana’s religious freedom law proves that those on the right hold an unacceptable view on God.
Somehow, she interpreted the law to be not only anti-gay – as many of its opponents have characterized it – but also racist and sexist.
“This kind of legislation is rooted in a politics that gives white people the authority to police and terrorize people of color, queer people and poor women,” she wrote.
She went on to lambaste the “white, blond-haired, blue-eyed, gun-toting, Bible-quoting Jesus of the religious right” as a “god of their own making.”
While she chose to capitalize references to her definition of God – “a radical, freedom-loving, justice-seeking, potentially queer (because he was either asexual or a priest married to a prostitute), feminist healer” – while using all lowercase letters in reference to God as worshiped by social conservatives.
Though Cooper acknowledged that the God she despises “might be ‘biblical,’” she asserted that He is “also an a—hole.”
It is time, she concluded, for leftists to “reclaim the narrative of Jesus’ life and death from the evangelical right.”
Her pre-Easter advice to those willing to heed it was to “mark this Holy Week by declaring the death to the unholy trinity of white supremacist, capitalist, heteropatriarchy.”
With one last jab at a central tenet of the faith, she concluded that “once these systems die, may they die once and for all, never to be resurrected.”
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BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.