Only Pay Attention To the Part Above the Neckline: Pastor Warns the Ladies Against Looking Sensual

Pastor Paul Washer of HeartCry Missionary Society is determined to not let Muslim clerics have all the woman-oppressing fun. Claiming his own piece of the misogyny pie, he’s letting everyone know in a YouTube video that Christian women whose clothes reveal the outline of their body are “sensual” and “wrong,” and that his interpretations of God’s will are “just logic.”

So, ladies — think baggy.

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“God is not against beauty. He is against sensuality,” we hear Washer intone. “Your clothing is a frame for your face from which the glory of God is to shine.”

I’m skeptical (wouldn’t you know it). In the 19th century, many men would have gone wild with titillation and lust at the sight of a bare ankle, or a pair of bloomers. Our idea of what’s an appropriate outfit changes over time. It’s logically untenable to claim that there is some eternal, universal standard of dress that the Lord imparted when he created humankind.

I have just as much authority as Washer to say that, if God were real, I can divine his mind (it’s called “using your imagination”). In my universe, the idea that the Creator concerns himself with hemlines and cuts of fabric is nonsense. Clearly, he’s far too busy with things that truly matter, such as crushing little boys to death and helping Peyton Manning score another touchdown.

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder and Main Mischief Maker of Moral Compass, a site that pokes fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards.


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