“Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt. (Exodus 32:2-4)”
Nadia Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran ‘pastor’ who has been described as “Superhero from Planet Alternative Christian” and a “tatted-up, foul-mouthed champion to people sick of being belittled as not Christian enough for the right or too Jesus-y for the left” and as a “profane bull-dike” (link). And, as you can see from that link, the people calling her that think all of the above is a compliment. She is a swearing, irreverent, tattooed, man-ish lady pastor (she is married to a man, if you are wondering) who has referred to herself as “queer” and champions leftist Christianity. She is the ‘pastor’ of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado, and wrote a book entitled “Pastrix” (“pastrix,” like “impastor,” is a term for a female pastor) and the first word in the book is “sh#$.”
Bolz-Weber aligns herself with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and her praises are regularly sung in major mainstream media as a “game-changer” in American evangelicalism.
The other figure in today’s story is Gloria Steinem. Steinem is one of the world’s most famous feminists, and is a leftist political activist. She first gained fame for her 1969 books, After Black Power, Women’s Liberation. She has been a steady figure in American leftist extremism, supporting issues like abortion. In 1992, Steinem formed Choice USA, an organization seeking more access and easier, cheaper access to abortion. She is also an advocate for homosexuality and transgenderism. As a point of useless trivia, she is also the step-mother of Batman actor, Christian Bale.
The two women spoke earlier this month at the 2018 Makers Conference, which advertises itself as, “a feminist media brand for newsMAKERS, historyMAKERS, and troubleMAKERS. We tell the stories of today’s trailblazing women to inspire the changeMAKERS of tomorrow.” In other words, is a conference for feminists. The organization has put together more than 400 interviews with feminist leaders from around the world and produced more than 4,500 videos designed to help inspire new generations of feminists. Feminists highlighed and interviewed by the organization include Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and now, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Gloria Steinem.
Bolz-Weber appeared on stage for twelve minutes at the conference. The video is made available here.
Regaling the crowd with her general profaneness, Bolz-Weber says that she wanted to name her latest book, “Purpose Driven Sinners” and likened her Masters of Divinity degree to an education from Hogwarts. She attacked “Evangelical Purity Culture” and derided the notion of young women keeping their virginity until marriage. She then said the following line, which she tweeted out to her followers.
Saying that she had “to call B.S. on all that,” Bolz-Weber said that it’s in her weakness (she’s speaking of sin) she has found value. Bolz-Weber then went on to explain her view of repentance. It included, and was limited to, not thinking bad thoughts about yourself.
Making an illustration from Exodus 32, Bolz-Weber compared purity rings to the gold brought out of Egypt, and said she wanted to encourage young women to mail them in so she could form from them a golden vagina, and give it to Gloria Steinem as a gift.
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