Anthea Butler, the religious studies professor who recently caused a stir by saying that Americans worship a “white racist god,” has a history of making inflammatory statements on current issues.
In the wake of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Butler said that Sam Bacile should be held responsible and jailed.
Bacile made the anti-Islam movie “Innocence of Muslims,” which angered Muslims and was cited as a reason for the attack on the embassy, which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Later reports have cast doubt on this explanation, however.
Butler, a religious studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said the filmmaker should “shut the f–k up about Islam,” and placed the blame for Benghazi squarely on his shoulders.
“Good Morning. How soon is Sam Bacile going to be in jail folks?” she asked on Twitter. “I need him to go now. When Americans die because you are stupid…”
When other Twitter users tried to inform her of the free speech protections in the First Amendment, she replied, “I know we have First Amendment rights, but if you don’t understand the Religion you hate, STFU about it. … And people do to jail for speech. First Amendment doesn’t cover EVERYTHING a PERSON says.”
Butler’s Twitter page is currently locked, and only users who have been granted access can view her page. This is done in order to keep out “trolls,” according to Butler’s Twitter profile description.
“Trolls? You Mad? Block Blockety BLOCKED,” wrote Butler.
Butler did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s follow request.
Last week, Butler infuriated conservatives by suggesting that those who agreed with the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case worship a “white racist god” who “is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”
After conservative media figures and news websites criticized her comments, she tauntingly asserted that she could say whatever she wanted because she has tenure and UPenn could never fire her.
Butler also rankled conservatives last December when she said on MSNBC that white people who supported gun rights were just trying to assuage “the fear of not having enough guns if the brown people rise up and come and get you.” She was responding to the gun control debate in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Butler’s proclivity for inflammatory statements has not made her popular among her students. Her reviews on ratemyprofessor.com are scathing.
“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! She takes herself way too seriously,” wrote one student.
“Pathetic,” wrote another. “This teacher is pathetically bad at her supposed job. Do not give this untalented instructor any more classes. Bad.”
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