A Tennessee state GOP lawmaker is in some pretty hot water with her African-American constituents and colleagues after making comments on Facebook about civil rights for Christians, and apparently, for white people.
Rep. Sheila Butt of Maury County went on the defense with the media after a Facebook response to an open letter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for “engag(ing) Muslim voters, reject(ing) Islamophobia.”
Butt commented that “… It is time Council on Christian Relations and an NAAWP in this country.”
Butt wants to assure people that NAAWP should not be confused with the former David Duke organization by the same acronym, which was the National Association for the Advancement of White People. No, it’s not that at all. She meant “Western culture,” or “Western people,” because the last P in NAAWP definitely stands for “culture.”
Pretty much everyone is turning on Butt. Real Brenda Gilmore noted that Butt has a “pattern of racist comments that has been established,” namely in a book called “Everyday Princess: Daughter of the King,” which ponders the proprieties of interracial dating and biracial children.
Butt’s response to the controversy was:
I would like to address something today regarding something that I had put on Facebook about a month ago. An acronym that I had made up. I must tell you that my words were never intended to offend anyone. To the contrary, I was discussing a post where we should all be included, everyone should have a seat at the table. The post was meant to be inclusive of every gender, culture, and religion. And I have to tell you today that I am so thankful to live in a country that we have a 1st amendment to speak our minds. I’ll stand for that amendment for myself, for my constituents, and for every one of you every single day. I am disappointed that some in this body misunderstood. I strongly believe that this nation is better off when we all adhere to our Christian values and beliefs, when we all work together to solve the problems that beset every single one of us. And this being divisive, and this trying to make something intentionally that was inclusive to be divisive, is something that should not happen in this body, and I am disappointed if it was misunderstood by many of you or some of you, but I stand today for every one of us, our First Amendment, our religious beliefs, our religious liberty in this body, in this state, and in this country. Thank you for your indulgence this morning.
Here’s the video:
Butt is far from the only Republican complaining of white Christian victimization. Conservative radio host Dana Loesch wants to designate Christians as a protected class, which they actually are, just as all religions are protected.
Image courtesy of WKRN video screenshot.