Sally Quinn Should Stick to Cocktail Parties and Ballroom Dancing

The Washington Post’s “faith” writer (and former author of “The Party” column until she penned a column airing her family’s conflicts and after complaints by her own family was demoted to writing on faith) and beltway hostess Sally Quinn says that Norway murderer Anders Breivik is a Christian because doggone it, he says he is!

“Well I say the guy’s a Christian! He talks about Jesus Christ our Lord, he actually says ‘I am a Christian …'”

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To borrow from the “Merchant of Venice,” “Even the Devil can cite Scripture.”

Quinn launches into a bizarre monologue about terrorism and Christianity and Oslo and who knows what else; honestly, I began losing interest when O’Reilly demanded that she produce a Breivik quote on Jesus and Quinn had to shuffle through her talking points.

Had Quinn perhaps skipped a party or two and did her due diligence on her subject she would have learned that not only is Breivik most emphatically not a Christian, but he’s also an environmental-worshipping socialist — the absolute opposite of what the progressives and the Soros News peddled in the press before the bodies of Norway’s fallen had grown cold:

The Judeo-Christian religions played an important and influential role in building the once mighty West but we also discovered that these religions contained aserious flaw that has sewed the seeds of the suicidal demise of the indigenous peoples of Western Europe and our cultures. This flaw was identified by the brilliant German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who described it as “an inversion of morality” whereby the weak, the poor, the meek, the oppressed and the wretched are virtuous and blessed by God … pg. 391

A pragmatic approach, which involves acknowledging the primal aspects of man for the purpose of preparing him for a martyrdom operation, should always take precedence over misguided piety … pg. 1434

Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers -already, you see, the world had already fallen into the hands of the Jews, so gutless a thing Christianity!-then we should in all probability have been converted to Mohammedanism, that cult which glorifies the heroism and which opens up the seventh Heaven to the bold warrior alone. pg. 231

I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person as that would be a lie. pg. 1344

Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian. pg. 1307, 3,139

A “cultural Christian?” Such a thing doesn’t exist in Scripture. There is grace through faith and a relationship with Christ, grace that one does not achieve alone. What Breivik preaches is humanism, not Christianity. He believes he can achieve grace alone, thus a relationship with Christ is unnecessary. The lowliest pseudo-scholar would recognize this if they are true to their intelligence, which Quinn is not, either by choice or pure ignorance.

Quinn has spent the better part of her “faith-writing” taking partisan jabs at conservatives.

On Palin:

“Well, clearly, she has not put her family first…And these children have, it seems publicly, to have been exploited by her in a, I think, really unfortunate way.”

Perhaps God wants more out of Sarah Palin.

You would think that God would ask of her to live her life as an example to others of a compassionate loving, caring person. One of the most powerful examples of God’s love in the Bible is that of forgiveness. Turning the other cheek. But Palin’s book is a screed against everyone who ever done her wrong.

On Bristol:

Bristol had never danced and was up against some world-class dancers. That takes guts. I know. I’m a ballroom dancer myself. Dancing is my religion.


It seemed Bristol and her partner were just as surprised. Brandy cried. I have to confess I teared up. It just didn’t seem right.

Bloggers, columnists and TV commentators jumped on the results. There must be cheating going on, they said. It was all a tea party plot. That could be the only explanation for this appalling miscarriage of justice.


Sarah Palin’s detractors point to the Christian right as the culprits here. The say groups organized voting schemes to game the system and were telling each other how to cheat when voting at


I never remember all Ten Commandments off the top of my head, but there should be one that says, “Thou shalt not cheat while voting on ‘Dancing with the Stars.'” Polls have shown that the majority of tea party members are conservative Christians. Are these Christians who are voting 300 times and not using valid email addresses? Doesn’t it offend their sense of fairness, if not ethics and morals?

On how Christianity causes gay suicide:

Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, believes that homosexuality is a sin.

He is unrelenting in his attacks on gays and lesbians for their immoral behavior.

There are many who believe that Perkins and those who share his beliefs are responsible for the anti-homosexual rants we have seen lately and their words may have contributed to the spate of recent suicides among gay teens.


Those who have held anti-gay positions are changing their minds. One of the reasons is hearing from Tony Perkins and realizing that his position against gays is not Christian at all.

On Jeremiah Wright being just a “liberation ‘Goddamn America!’ theologian“:

Remember how Obama’s opponents pounced on the Reverend Jeremiah Wright for being anti-American? If Wright was, then so must be his parishioner. Not only that, but he was a liberation theologian. (As if most people knew what that meant.) Horrors! How could you be a “normal” Christian if you were a liberation theologian?

You get the idea.

I’m still trying to figure out how a woman who sounds unfamiliar with Scripture, who bedded her husband while he was still married (I guess she missed that commandment) in a public scandal, came to be regarded as an authority on faith. That she assumes prominence under the WaPo mast is due to her husband, WaPo publisher Ben Bradlee, than anything else. When she’s not likening child labor to her parents forcing her to clean her room or insulting Catholics by taking communion (she isn’t Catholic) and afterwards remarking something to the effect of it making her sick, she’s insisting that a mass murderer – who openly wrote of his distaste for faith,” not being religious,” and not “having a personal relationship with God” — represents a faith of which she demonstrably knows very little.

I’m not being purposefully cruel and certainly no one on earth is perfect, but Quinn should understand that those who take the yoke of authority in faith — or writing of it in such a manner — are subjecting themselves to harsher judgment than that of the flock:

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

– James 3:1

Matthew 7:16 states: “by their fruits you will recognize them.” And so we recognize Quinn’s.

That Sally Quinn has a column at all in WaPo demonstrates how very far beyond the bounds of good taste will nepotism carry the most politically awkward among us. I encourage her to grow in her understanding of the Christian faith before attempting to mistakenly wield her interpretation of the Word as a sword against her political foes. That’s not what God meant about that.


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