Mormon women receive death threats for wanting to wear pants to church.

Another case to be filed under “religion doesn’t make people better” comes from the Mormon church.  Recently a group of Mormon women on facebook had to close down their page due to death threats from other Mormons.  What were they advocating?

Were they saying that sex outside of wedlock was ok?

Were they saying that gay people are full-fledged equal human beings?

No, they were saying that on a single Sunday, some Mormon women should consider wearing pants to church.

Mormon feminists have hit on fashion to promote demands for a larger say in church affairs: This Sunday is  “Wear Pants to Church Day,” intended as a show of solidarity for women’s religious rights. Their sartorial flair has triggered some support – along with some bitter anger.

The event, which was being promoted on a special Facebook page, had drawn more than 1,200 supporters, a relative handful compared with the 6 million practicing Mormons nationwide.  But by Thursday evening, the original page had been taken down and a new one posted, with this note:

 “The event page got taken down due to the death threats. this is a page to further the cause but without a face attached. This page is for women who are choosing to wear pants this next Sunday.”

A screen shot of the original page included this comment:

“every single person who is a minority activist should be shot .. in the face … point blank … GET OVER YOURSELVES ….”

So often the criticism of religion by atheists gets so much attention that we don’t notice the even larger contention between them.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Ibis3

    This isn’t religious contention, JT. It’s the same misogyny we see whenever women speak up for their rights. Atheists are generally no better. Just file it under Patriarchal Misogynist Assholes right between the folders for Elevatorgate and the backlash to Anita Sarkeesian’s kickstarter project.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    every single person who is a minority activist should be shot

    When did Mormons become the majority?

    • Artor

      In Utah they are.

      • alfaretta

        But I’ll bet women are still 51% of the population, even in Utah.

  • Matthew

    Can’t wait until the men want to wear dresses to the tabernacle.

  • Glodsomn

    “I can’t believe you want to be treated like an equal and your demand to be treated as such by the simple act of wearing pants bothers me so much that I’m going to bully you into silence!”

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Has anyone yet asked MittⓇ and Ann™ for their deep thoughts on this?

    • Stogoe

      Why would you suggest that we drag them back into the spotlight? Let them fade into obscurity in their La Jolla mansion, replete with car elevator and fancy-dancing-horse elevator and Olympic-size fancy-dancing-horse-swimming pool

    • UsingReason

      Mitt who?

  • Charlie

    This is complete malarkey. There were no credible death threats. Any anonymous bozo can put up a “death threat” online, and you blame the Mormon church? My wife wore pants to our Mormon congregation on Sunday, as did one other woman. Nobody noticed, nobody said a thing, nobody cared. Church services proceeded as usual.

  • James

    I’m a formerly-believing member of the church, who now considers himself agnostic. I can say this article is a complete mischaracterization. Some LDS people I know reacted to “Wear Pants to Church Day” in a way that I thought was dismissive and condescending, but no one threatened violence and I can tell you that of the thousands of members of the Church I have met, I can’t think of a single one who would actually issue a threat of violence in reaction to something like this. I fundamentally disagree with the church on many issues, gay rights and sex equality among them, but to characterize Mormons as a violent people is absolutely laughable. Even Trey Parket and Matt Stone of South Park and The Book of Mormon musical know that Mormons are some of the nicest people in the world.

  • B-Lar

    Dum dum, dum-dum dum….

  • Ibis3

    And now we have the condoners and accomplices coming here to say, oh no, those bitchez be lyin’ cos it was just boys being boys on the internet and who takes them seriously, and no Nice Guys (all skeptic gamer atheist Mormon guys are Nice, amirite) would ever harass the little ladies, and *where* *is* *your* *evidence* that those bitches didn’t just make it all up for the attention?

    • Nate Frein

      And when someone does follow up they’ll wave their hands and say “How could we have seen the signs” and their ghasts will have been totally flabbered.

      And then they’ll go back to dismissing hate talk on the internetz.

    • MoFem

      Thank you. I took the screen shot. The vitriol spewed on the comments page was as nasty and offensive as this death threat. Sure Mormons are some of the nicest people. They are also some of the most racist, most close minded, most misogynistic. Just like in every population – some of every kind.

      I don’t blame the Mormon church for the death threat or even the venom. Many Mormon people did that all on their own. The culture is subversive and damaging to many on the fringe of Mormondom. This group of women seeks to change it. The denials from more orthodox True Believing Mormons serve to prove this point.

      FYI, there was also a personal death threat messaged to the creator of the group All Enlisted.