Straight White American Jesus

A podcast on religion and politics hosted by Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, ex-ministers who are now scholars of religion.

Trump’s COVID Diagnosis, the ACB “Celebration of Life,” and White Evangelical Racism with Prof. Anthea Butler

Brad speaks to Professor Anthea Butler, a captain in the Biden campaign’s “Catholics for Biden” initiative, and chair of the Religious Studies department at the University of Pennsylvania. They discuss the details of Trump’s COVID diagnosis and how his recklessness is fueled by four things: 

  • Prosperity Gospel positive thinking, 
  • racism, 
  • capitalism, 
  • hypermasculinity. 

These themes ground a conversation that ranges from Trump’s lack of empathy for Americans, especially BIPOC, who have contracted the virus, his supporters’ call for empathy after telling the nation that it was okay if “grandma dies” to save the economy, the conservative Evangelicals and Catholics who held a superspreader prayer rally at the Lincoln Memorial, and the belief that whiteness is a shield against the iniquities that plague other people. 

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