A Rutgers University professor is sticking by her claim that conservatives use Christianity to condone white supremacy, homophobia and patriarchy.
Brittney Cooper, a women’s and gender studies and Africana studies professor, responded on social media to critics of her essay, “The right’s made-up God: How bigots invented a white supremacist Jesus.”
In the essay, published by Salon on April 1, Cooper argues that laws like Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples through the guise of religious beliefs.
“Any time right-wing conservatives declare that they are trying to restore or reclaim something, we should all be very afraid,” Cooper said in her essay.
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that chain store Hobby Lobby, run by conservatives, could limit benefits to employees if they conflicted with religious beliefs.
Cooper said she believes the traditional narrative of Jesus does not accurately depict his life.
“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,” Cooper wrote.
Some conservatives denounced Cooper and her essay on social media.
“You are an anti-Christian, racist hater,” one Twitter user wrote. “You will get everything you deserve in the afterlife.”
Cooper responded to the attacks on her personal Twitter account, saying her Christian beliefs do not align with those on the right.
“My Christianity is not compatible w/ white supremacy, homophobia, or patriarchy,” she tweeted. "And if yours is, you get called out."
She added that she thinks some conservatives do not practice Jesus’s lessons of compassion and love as the Bible instructs.
“Some of these people who think they are Jesus' people wouldn't know him if He came right up to them and introduced himself,” Cooper tweeted.