WashPost Rinses and Repeats Praise for Tattooed Pastor And Her 'Bull Excrement' Gospel

Typically, Washington Post “On Faith” founder Sally Quinn touted tattooed progressive minister Nadia Bolz-Weber, the one who boasts about her new book “Pastrix” in an Amazon video: "the first word in the book is s–t.”

Her book claims also include “I wrote it for people who listen to This American Life" on NPR, and  "I wrote it for people who know the difference between American cheese...and actual cheese." Quinn should have a tongue in her cheek as she finds it amazing, amazing that Reverend Nadia could draw 800 people to a service....after a major writeup as a alternative-Christian "superhero" in The Washington Post:

The following week, at Calvary Baptist Church, tattooed Lutheran pastor, weight lifter, stand-up comic, former alcoholic and drug addict and hard-swearing Nadia Bolz-Weber packed ’em in (more than 800 in an overflowing space) with her shockingly irreverent approach.’

Bolz-Weber, who has referred to herself as the anti-pastor, read excerpts from her new book, “Pastrix,” pacing up and down in front of the altar in jeans, boots and a casual sweater, her tattoos exposed. Then she sat for an interview.

She had the crowd in the palm of her hand when she tampered with the microphone, referring to it as a “spongy condom.” She can be hysterically funny. She dropped several F-bombs and several times referred to bull excrement as she went along. “Some people think clergy shouldn’t swear,” she said to the adoring crowd, “but I think clergy shouldn’t try to be something we’re not.”

She talked about “the nonsense spawned from bad religion,” and she talked about an irreverent piece she wrote about Garrison Keillor to much hilarity and how so often the church represented “corporate American values.” She mocked the idea of church development.

“I reject the premise,” she said. “We have no outreach strategy.” Since she had no office, her office hours, she said, are in a coffee shop. But she is full of contradictions. She hates “praise music,” she said. “We sing old hymns in church. I know it’s not cool.” And she believes everyone should have equal opportunity to be “uncomfortable in church.” She’s gotten a call from Oprah.”

So, to borrow from Reverend Nadia’s vernacular, this is bull excrement.This woman is all about the marketing and the calculated coolness, from the pop-culture and NPR references down to the tattoos and the cursing. You don’t get to boast you have “no outreach strategy” when you have a book, an Amazon video, a church tour, and interviews with several Washington Post writers you had at “Hello, you little s–t.”

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis