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The Da Vinci Speech Code? WaPo’s 'On Faith' Invokes Mary Magdalene to Blast Rush

Things are getting pretty surreal around the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog when a supposedly credentialed cleric turns to the loopy fiction of “The Da Vinci Code” for ammunition to attack Rush Limbaugh. 

Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, a minister in the United Church of Christ and a senior fellow at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, attacked Limbaugh by comparing Sandra Fluke to Mary Magdalene, in a March 5 post titled “Mary Magdalene to Rush Limbaugh: Your apology is too little, too late.”

Attacks on conservatives are standard fare on the “On Faith” blog. The editor of “On Faith,” Sally Quinn, also got into the Rush-bashing fest, attacking Limbaugh’s audience for daring to support him.

A regular at “On Faith,” Thistlethwaite often wields dubious theology in service of leftist politics. She fatuously claimed that Jesus would be an Occupy supporter, and blamed Christianity for the Oslo shooting. The theology of Thistlethwaite resembles the Disney movie Fantasia more than Christianity.

But the March 5 post was particularly rich. Her first paragraph attempted to compare Limbaugh’s admittedly deplorable personal attack on a known liar with the early Church’s attack on Mary Magdalene: “Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio talk show host, attempted to silence women’s voices in the public square through sexual shaming. The early church did the same thing to Mary Magdalene, sexually shaming her in the 6th century, mistakenly calling her a prostitute, and effectively undercutting her spiritual authority.”

Never mind that Mary Magdalene was considered a saint by the early Church and the medieval Church, and venerated by both early and medieval Christians as such. Thistlethwaite was too busy spinning a story about men demeaning women to bother with the truth.

The “theology” Thistlethwaite uses to justify that ridiculous assertion is laughable. She cites the Gospel of Mary to support claim that Mary Magdalene was somehow demeaned by the early Church. The Gospel of Mary was authored by the Gnostics, a term for followers of a series of heretical sects which taught that “secret” knowledge was necessary for salvation. Gnosticism was rejected by both the early Church and is currently rejected by every modern Christian denomination.

About the only place the Gospel of Mary is taken seriously besides Thistlethwaite’s column is in the fantasy-fiction of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code.” And, sure enough, Thistlewaite sites the novel as an authoritative source, claiming that “‘The Da Vinci Code,’ both the book by Dan Brown and the film based on it, has pretty much restored Mary Magdalene’s reputation as a wealthy woman and a leading supporter of Jesus of Nazareth.” 

Thistlethwaite did note that the “fictional account by Dan Brown does add some non-biblical innovations” (i.e., that early Christians didn’t believe Jesus was really God), which is pretty much like saying that Stalin didn’t have much patience for people who disagreed with him.

Thistlethwaite also cited Karen King, a Harvard Divinity School scholar who used the Gnostic Gospels to conflate Gnosticism with early Christianity, claiming among other things that, “The new texts also contain an unexpected wealth of Christian imagination of the divine as feminine.”

When the only “sources” Thistlethwaite can cite are “Gospels” rejected by every branch of Christianity, feminist pseudo-scholars, and a work of fiction that has been eminently debunked in its “factual” claims, her tenuous grasp on Christian theology is clearly evident.

Thistlethwaite’s grasp of politics is just as tenuous as her grasp of theology. She claims that “Republicans are probably losing a generation of women and men who are appalled by this sexually demeaning attack on women” – conveniently ignoring that liberal pundits regularly call women all sorts of derogatory sexual epithets – as even honest liberals have been forced to acknowledge. But attacks against conservative women who don’t kowtow to the liberal gospel apparently don’t count for Thistlethwaite.


#1 Mary Magdalene? Yeow! -- Welcome to March Madness

And we've got about 8 months until the election. Hold on to your hats!

"Ooo, boy! This is great!!" -- Kent "Flounder" Dorfman, Faber College, 1963

#2 The morons have nothing else

The morons have nothing else so they turn to fantasy just like obama.

Non, je ne regrette rien. "You aren't angry because I might be a racist, you're angry because you know I'm right".

#3 Next thing Thistlethwaite will be claiming is that

Mary Magdalene was transgendered.

#4 Like mother like son...

I read just this this week about some other Feminazi "theologian" opining in a typical desperately whining screed attempting to justify the whole TG/whatever lifestyle, claiming that Jesus was some gender "mix" of male and female (the female parts just not being overtly visible).

These spasms of ersatz "scholarship" float to the surface of the toilet bowl every few years or so, eventually sinking back out of sight until someone again stirs the waters sufficiently.

Nothing new under the sun. (Gee where have we heard/read that phrase before?)

Romans 1:21 "...they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened..."

You start out from that basis and things go downhill from there, the following verses describing quite accurately the gender-twisting gyrations of self/pleasure-centered people frantically searching for ways by which to justify and gain approval and acceptance for any-and-every-thing.

Ever since canines first barked at the moon they've continued with gusto for millennia since, yet the moon sails on serenely unaffected.


"Ye canne change the laws of physics....." but some politicians believe that with the right legislation you can pretend they don't really apply to your own pet projects... 

#5 ⇒ Mary Magdalene

Why is Thistlewaste labeling Mary Magdalene a whore in an attempt to attack Rush?

Seriously, 12 years of parochial school, and I don't remember this stuff about Mary Magdalene being the repentant woman who washed Jesus' feet, or the naked woman brought before Jesus, until this Dan Brown stuff.

So why does Thistlefister want to call Mary Magdalene a whore?

She needs to apologize to real Christians and get out of the pulpit.

#6 Arrow

I've heard that people will occasionally conflate Mary Magdalene with the other two women you mentioned, which is why we have the pop culture image of Mary M. as the repentant whore. Not sure if it's due to a specific agenda or good old-fashioned laziness and ignorance.

#7 I've read the gnostic gospels.

This includes the of Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Thomas, etc. Their significance in regards to Ms. Thistlethwaite's column and the comments made by Rush Limbaugh are irrelevant. She's an exteremist progressive theologian who uses Christianity and Jesus as tools to propagate her radical political views and it's disgraceful and scandalous

#8 Google

Rev Susan. As I said in my original post, she's a real piece of work.

If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#9 Mary Magdalene to "rev" Susie

In those days there will be many false prophets.

#10 And exactly when did Mary Magdalene speak to you, Susie?

What did she say?

Honey, you are walking proof of the first law of psychiatry: If you speak to God, it's prayer. If God speaks to you, it's schizophrenia.

Care to tell us what else the voice(s) told you, hon?

#11 "Like" button


If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#12 But she was a prostitute. Or at least a whore...

That is the whole point of the story. Jesus saves her by telling the rabbis and other men who were going to stone her for committing adultery (only her mind you, not the man who she was with and was equally guilty) that "he who is without sin should be the first one to cast the stone". She then repents and follows him, becoming a leader of the sect known as "The Way" and eventually, Christianity.

She was an early leader not because she was a woman and not because she was a whore, but because she repented and believed in the messiah and completely changed her life. She was re-born with a decision that was allowed her out of love and compassion.


Madison and Jefferson and Franklin built a Republic - Roberts killed it! 

#13 I checked both the King James and NIV

and neither gives a name to the woman taken in adultery [John 8:3-11], where are you reading that it was Mary Magdalene? I only see her mentioned by name after Christ's Crucifixion, when she was among the women who went to the tomb, discovered He had risen, then went to tell the Disciples.



"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong." Abraham Lincoln

#14 And if you

check the original Greek, you wont find it there either.

If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#15 There is no

biblical evidence at all that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute.

If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#16 Word is that Thistlethwaite

Word is that Thistlethwaite has more surprises in store. She's got interviews with 4 of the 7 devils Jesus drove out of her. The other three devils refused to be interviewed by anyone from the Washington Post. She'll start the story series next week, we're told.

Mark 16:9
9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.

"This is not your mother's Democratic Party"--Andrew Breitbart, CPAC, February 2012

#17 "Like" button


If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#18 Liberals are such hypocrites. Rush gives an immediate...

apology and Bill Maher gives none for the vile things he has said.

So what do the liberals say? They say Rush's apology came a little too late, but they don't say a thing about Maher's apology, which has never come and probably never will.

Jim Webster

#19 Thistlewaite

graduated from every liberal theological school in the country. She's a real piece of work.

If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

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