Ivy League Professor: ‘Stop Sacralizing Sperm’

By Melanie Arter | November 18, 2013 | 12:28 PM EST


Anthea Butler, graduate chair of religion at the University of Pennsylvania (Photo Courtesy of MSNBC)

(CNSNews.com) - Ivy League Professor Anthea Butler, in appearance Saturday on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” said Republicans need to “stop sacralizing sperm,” because a woman isn’t the only one “making a baby.”

“They want to sacralize sperm, and it's time that we stop sacralizing sperm in this country and making it be the most important thing that there is, because they need to understand that it's not just a woman that's making a baby. A man is on the other end of that thing,” said Butler, graduate chair of religion at the University of Pennsylvania.

Butler, author of “The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are Galvanizing the Religious Right,” also made controversial statements following the George Zimmerman verdict.

In a blog post on Religion Dispatches, Butler saying after the verdict acquitting Zimmerman of Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting, she wondered, “Is God the old white male racist looking down from white heaven, ready to bless me if I just believe the white men like Rick Perry who say the Zimmerman case has nothing to do with race?"

“So no contraception, no abortion, compulsory pregnancy. Then the children that you have, have to be hungry, because that is what you get for having had sex,” Melissa Harris-Perry said on her show on Saturday in response to an effort by pro-lifers to block the Medicaid expansion because it covers contraception.

“They do not want poor women to have joy. I'm sorry,” said Lizz Winstead, a comedian, writer, author and co-creator of “The Daily Show.”

“No, they don’t,” Butler agreed.