Can't Have that - -Women Preachers

I read with just a bit of amusement this piece from Ethics Daily, detailing why a Syracuse New York radio station -- the Mars Hill Network -- won't accept advertisements for a local revival -- because a woman -- Paula White -- will be preaching.

I want to say to the nine-member board that made this decision: Do you not know that a woman pioneered religious broadcasting. Yes Aimee Semple McPherson was among the first evangelists to use radio, and KFSG was among the first, if not the first, religious radio stations. Now I can't give a recommendation for Paula, but guys, get a grip!
Besides, she's better looking than most preachers I know! -- Male ones I mean. I know that sounds sexist, and probably is, but those of you who know me, know that I'm not sexist. But . . . well.


Greg said…
God save us from Your followers!
Mystical Seeker said…
If beauty is only skin deep, then those misogynistic bozos are ugly to the bone.
You know I was going to post a picture of Aimee, but I just had put a little class on this page! The preacher pictured here seems to be a typical contemporary female Pentecostal preacher. When Aimee was alive, Pentecostal women were supposed to dress plain, avoid makeup, and refrain from cutting their hair. Aimee turned all that upside down, even bobbing her hair in 20's style. Unlike Paula here Aimee wasn't a natural beauty, but she had star quality.

But hey, I think I'd rather listen to Paula than the band of deniers!
Mystical Seeker said…
You know, you're right! I remember in my home town growing up--you always knew who the Pentecostal women were, because their hair was so long they would have to pile it all up, and they all wore long dresses. It hadn't occurred to me that this might not be their appearance, or least not for all of them, nowadays.
That context helps explain Tammy Faye and Jan Crouch, and others. This is a reaction to earlier strictures -- ones that Aimee of course broke much earlier. If you look at pictures of Aimee from the late teens and early 20s, you'll notice that she wore her hair piled on top of her head and with long dresses -- that changes by the late 20s and into the 30s -- as she began to be influenced by her Hollywood neighbors.

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