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Anthea Butler

Anthea Butler is an associate professor of religious studies and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book "White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America" was published in March 2021.

Anthea Butler is an associate professor of religious studies and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book "White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America" was published in March 2021.

Latest from Anthea Butler

21d ago

Liberty University vs. Jerry Falwell Jr.: A white Christian morality tale

White evangelicals have been very good at consolidating power, which they often prioritize over true morality. But heaven help the man who tarnishes the brand.
41d ago

Lil Nas X built 'Montero' to be the perfect lightning rod for Christian fears

How rapper Lil Nas X is leading the way to hell with a viral video and a pair of sneakers.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy lives on in Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock and Black liberation theology

Conservatives have attacked that part of the Black church tradition that goes beyond piety, gospel music and impassioned preaching. They failed this time.
185d ago

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris shattered the glass ceiling for all women. It's about time.

But Harris is more than a token to women, Black people and South Asian people. She is competent, reasoned, reasonable, intellectual and highly qualified.
271d ago

Kamala Harris is already facing sexist and racist attacks — and they'll only get worse

From a birther screed to critiques of her racial identity and performance of gender, the presumptive vice president nominee faces a rocky road.
321d ago

Trump's Phoenix megachurch rally proves how much faith and masks are now political

Despite the Bible's invitation to love one's neighbor, not wearing masks to protect said neighbors is all the rage in certain churches. But why?
579d ago

The Penn State hair letter controversy shows how being black and proud is still political

The "cleanliness" of natural hairstyles worn by black people is not up for real debate. Proximity to whiteness is not actually a proximity to purity.

White evangelicals love Trump and aren't confused about why. No one should be.

Focusing on the disconnect between Trump's actions and the moral aspects of evangelicals' faith misses the issue that keeps their support firm.
666d ago

AOC isn't Nancy Pelosi's problem. Trump is, and he keeps proving it.

The House speaker paved the way for the president to make his racist, nativist statements. It was an unforced error on her part.

Philadelphia's water ice is the most delicious way to stay cool in a sullenly hot city

These neighborhood jawns are where the hipster meets the immigrant, the old mingle with the young and, for a moment, everyone is happy with one another.

Gray hair on women is just as sexy as it is on men. Just look at Salma Hayek.

The hair we all once used to try to cover with dye is a singular statement of personal independence, and a way to stand out from the crowd.