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.

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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)