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.

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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.