UPenn professor Anthea Butler calls for imprisonment of filmmaker Sam Bacile; Update: Butler locks her Twitter account

Anthea Butler is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The title of her most recent book, The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Angels Are Galvanizing the Religious Right, gives you a pretty good idea of where she stands politically.

This morning, she strongly implied that Sam Bacile is responsible for yesterday’s embassy attacks and, as a result, should be tossed into jail.

Bacile is an Israeli filmmaker who lives in California and has gone into hiding. He made the crappy movie that is being used as a pretext to justify the violence that erupted in Egypt and Libya yesterday.

But is making a movie that makes Muslims angry a crime? Butler appears to think so.

Of course, like any academic, Butler purports to support free speech rights:


But it is clear that she gets most excited when arguing that those rights are highly circumscribed:

Sounds like Anthea Butler, Sally Kohn, and Mike Barnicle would get along swimmingly.

Related: Twitter users call for the arrest and murder of Terry Jones

Update: Butler has gone into CYA-mode and locked her Twitter account. 

Update: The plot thickens: Filmmaker ‘Sam Bacile,’ blamed for embassy attacks, does not exist

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