Only in Texas: Waco pastor gets tangled up in a blazing row over women’s weaves

PASTOR A J Aamir heads a church called Resurrecting Faith in Waco, Texas – a church few had ever heard of until the preacher issued a directive to his leadership staff: DO NOT wear weaves.


Aamir, who comes from a strict Islamic background but is now a Christian fundie, believes that women wearing weaves presents a false image of themselves and are associated with females who have low self-esteem. He declared:

Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I’m saying.

He added:

Long hair don’t care. What kind of mess is that? I don’t want my members so focused on what’s on their heads and not IN their heads. I lead a church where our members are struggling financially. I mean really struggling. Yet, a 26-year-old mother in my church has a $300 weave on her head.

And, for good measure:

NO. I will not be quiet about this.

But should he? The question was posed on NewsOne, and quotes someone at Clutch Magazine as saying:

While I sympathize with his concern about his parishioners’ financial struggles, I wonder if the good pastor is equally outspoken on truly important issues like safe sex, education, HIV testing, and political involvement.

Other black news sites, blogs and forums are buzzing like angry bees over the issue, indicating that the pastor

Has forgotten one of the main rules in the Black community: Don’t talk smack about a Sistah’s hair!

Commenting On Giant Life, Hayat Mohamed wrote:

Soooo….you’re a pastor, your job is to preach not judge. Now while you have every right to advise and speak your opinion, in no way is it cool to single out a group of people based on the one thing that is arguably most important to them.  A woman’s hair is her crown and even the most confident woman will find it impossible to walk around with it looking less that its best. And if for that woman looking her best involves wearing a weave, then so be it. Who are you to judge others on how they style their hair?!

Sure, it doesn’t make sense to spend $300 on a weave when you can’t pay rent, but what about dudes who spend thousands on jewelery, cars or Jordans every other week when they don’t even have a savings account? If you’re going to attack people for having the wrong priorities why not address the entire black community as a whole, instead of coming off as a misogynistic jerk who targets black women and their ‘low self-esteem’?

Meanwhile, reported here that a Brazilian pastor was so incensed over two women kissing at an evangelical rally that he had them arrested and jailed.

Brazilian congressman and pastor Marco Feliciano halted his presentation after Joana Palhares and Yunka Mihura began kissing. He demanded that municipal guards and military police arrest the pair.

The kiss the offended pastor Marco Feliciano (inset)

The kiss that offended pastor Marco Feliciano (inset)

He reportedly bellowed:

Those two girls have to leave here handcuffed. No use trying to run, guards are headed there now. This here isn’t palace where anything goes – it’s the house of God!

Palhares and Mihura claim that they were physically assaulted by police following their arrest and incarceration at the First District Police Station of São Sebastião. The women also allege that many heterosexual couples around them were exchanging kisses at the event.

Said Daniel Galani, the lawyer for the two women.

We see it as a situation that got completely out of control. We know there are two rights in conflict: one is the freedom of expression and the other the freedom of religious practice. The two rights are constitutional and are prescribed so that people can make use of them.

Hat tip: Canada Dave (Brazil report)



21 responses to “Only in Texas: Waco pastor gets tangled up in a blazing row over women’s weaves”

  1. barriejohn says:

    Only in Texas? No, you’d get this in Brethren assemblies and other straight-laced evangelical churches, especially in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.” (1 Tim. 2:9 NAS)

    “Your adornment must not be merely external– braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses.” (1 Pet. 3:3 NAS)

  2. Matt Westwood says:

    It’s *exactly* the sort of thing preachers should be going on about. Conceited self-centred, self-absorbed, shallow, trivial, narcissistic women are fair game for the approbation of preachers. And, face it, if you’re going through tough times, spending $300 on a flipping *hair-do*, for goodness sake, at the expense probably of more important stuff like children’s needs, should get you deservedly shouted at.

    Why not borrow your sista’s hair tongs if you have nothing better to do with your pointless, shallow life than play with your stupid ugly hair?

  3. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    I don’t want my members so focused on what’s on their heads and not IN their heads.

    Really? He wants his parishioners to actually start thinking? I could see some problems with that, they might realise that it’s all bullshit.

  4. barriejohn says:

    Matt: I agree that on the surface these teachings seem very worthy – there are far more important things in life than what you look like and what you are wearing – but the thing is that we are talking again about women being singled out as shallow and vacuous, and unable to cope with anything more than washing the dishes and cleaning behind the refrigerator; and it is, of course, a MAN who is pointing this out. Life for women in fundamentalist churches can be suffocatingly oppressive, hence the anger, I am sure.

  5. oh no he DIDN’T!

  6. barriejohn says:

    Oh, no; someone has said “UnbeWEAVEable”!

  7. Barry Duke says:

    “Conceited self-centred, self-absorbed, shallow, trivial, narcissistic …”

    That pretty much sums up most male members of the priesthood who are notorious for lavishing large sums of money on themselves. Benny “The Hair” Hinn, anyone?

    I am sure pastor A J Aamir would much rather have his female congregants put their hard-earned in his coffers than on their heads.

  8. barriejohn says:

    If anyone wonders just HOW oppressive protestant churches can be for intelligent women, just have a glance at this lot (Baptist):

    “What is called the ‘Woman’s Movement’ is the most insidious and malicious conspiracy ever concocted against the inspiration of the Bible”.

  9. barriejohn says:

    Barry: But men never dress up extravagantly like women do.

  10. Barry Duke says:

    So true, Barrie. And they are really crap at accessorising too. But help is at hand:

  11. Barry Duke says:

    OMG! So that’s who Putin was snogging!

  12. Barry Duke says:

    Speaking of religious accessories, just found this hilarious piece:

  13. Miguel says:

    This statement really concerns me:

    Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not.

    I mean what are and what are not black women? Is he saying that black women has a particular way to dress and they should stick to that dress code?

    I’m Mexican so I think I suppose to have a mexican mustache and sombrero all the time.

  14. L.Long says:

    Matt may well be right but we don’t know enough about her or the situation. Like…Is she dolled up to be more effective at the job to get more income??? Sale person? Prostitute? wife keeping her Ahole religious husband interested??
    We don’t know.
    But the preacher is right…they should start thinking and then QUIT the phucking church!!!!

    The two girls kissing??? Well the preacher is an ignorant Ahole as is most of the sheeple, as there is nothing in the buyBull prohibiting two women kissing.

  15. Ryan morrigan says:

    No beaming sunset or sparkling ocean, no infinite grandeur of the endless universe can compare to the majesty and beauty of Brazilian lesbians kissing. If god is up there right now, he’s spankin’ it.

  16. AgentCormac says:

    Those two girls have to leave here handcuffed. No use trying to run, guards are headed there now. This here isn’t palace where anything goes – it’s the house of God!

    How loving. How tolerant. How understanding. Everything anybody needs to know about the true values of religion are summed up perfectly in Marco Fellatio’s outburst.

  17. OurSally says:

    Looking at the pictures, you’ve got to admit, the Russians have tons more style than the Anglicans. Love that purple and gold!

  18. Steve Jackson says:

    Shouldn’t that be “Wacko” Pastor?

  19. Steve Jackson says:

    Obviously Marco Feliciano is a Gareth Bale fan (only football fans will get that reference 🙂