NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — In a recent article for Salon, a Rutgers University professor who claims to be a Christian trashed other Christians as she claimed that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was meant to give license to “terrorize” blacks and homosexuals, and to stop women from having sex outside of marriage.
“The right’s made-up God: How bigots invented a white supremacist Jesus” is written by Brittany Cooper, who teaches Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutger’s University in New Jersey. In her opinion piece posted on Wednesday, the professor asserted that religious freedom laws are driven by Christians who are “antagonistic to every single group of people who are not white, male, Christian, cisgender, straight and middle-class.”
“As a practicing Christian, I am deeply incensed by these calls for restoration and reclamation in the name of religious freedom,” she wrote. “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.”
Cooper also claimed that laws such as RFRA will someday be used to make provision for religiously-targeted racism.
“[G]iven our current anti-black racial climate, there is no reason to trust that these laws won’t be eventually used for acts of racially inflected religious discrimination, perhaps against black Muslims or Muslims of Arab descent,” she stated. “Surely this kind of law in this political climate sanctions the exercise of Islamophobia.”
The professor then proceeded to blast what she called “the religious right” for its beliefs on homosexuality, and decried that “the lives the Church imagines for women still center around marriage and motherhood, and no sex if you’re single.”
“I find myself wishing that this particularly violent and vicious breed of Christianity would die off,” Cooper wrote.
“This God isn’t the God that I serve,” she continued. “There is nothing holy, loving, righteous, inclusive, liberatory or theologically sound about Him. He might be ‘biblical’ but he’s also an [expletive].”
She claimed that Jesus might have been a homosexual himself, as well as a feminist.
“The Jesus I know, love, talk about and choose to retain was a radical, freedom-loving, justice-seeking, potentially queer (because he was either asexual or a priest married to a prostitute), feminist healer, unimpressed by Scripture-quoters and religious law-keepers, seduced neither by power nor evil,” Cooper wrote.
But some find Cooper’s writing to be troubling, stating that she is among those who distort the Scriptures and are attempting to take others down with them spiritually.
“There is so much wrong here it would take many volumes of books to unravel it all,” stated writer Onan Coca for BarbWire.
“Liberals are attempting to coopt Christianity, to pervert the truth of the word of God, which Jesus told his disciples was offensive, in an effort to silence us,” he said. “We cannot allow this to happen, because they would pervert, twist and even destroy the very word of truth that our Father has given to us.”
Coca exhorted Christians to remember that Jesus stated that His followers would be rejected by the world.
“Remember folks, Jesus told us that the world would hate us,” he wrote. “He said that [since] they had crucified Him, what did we think they would do to us?!”