A Facebook event is getting a lot of attention after a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from Utah started a Facebook group to encourage sisters to wear pants instead of dresses or skirts to church this Sunday.
Her name is Stephanie Lauritezen and she identifies herself as a Mormon feminist; she believes there needs to be more equality in the church which is why she has started this movement; but not everyone agrees.
In a statement Stephanie gave to KUTV in Utah she says:
"I feel like my opportunities in the church are limited because of my gender," she continues by saying what she would do if she had the priesthood: “I would bless my child and I would use it to bless other people in my life so I wouldn't have to call a stranger in the middle of the night to say 'my husband is sick, come give him a blessing.' I could do that and make my family better.”
While the Facebook event already has over 1,000 people in support of it; many don’t agree.
I spoke to women in Rexburg to see what their thoughts were on the issue.
“I think that the church should be used for the gospel; it shouldn’t be used to express these opinions that aren’t always sound or true and I think that it’s a time to express your testimony; and that’s what we have church for and that’s a time to grow closer to Christ and it’s not a time to make a political statement” said Karla Horne.
“I honestly have no issue with women wearing pants if that’s the only thing they can afford; I mean if they look nice; if they’re being reverent and respectful I mean I’m fine with that; but this sounds like it’s just to be rebellious or to go against the norm” said Erika Larsson.
The group is also encouraging men to wear purple shirts, ties, socks or ribbons to show their support.
Purple has historically been associated with the suffrage movement.
One viewer offered an alternative route to the supporters of wear pants to church day.
“They could have groups; like if they like to do things that men like to do like working out or splitting wood or something they could get together and do that; you know like; if they want to do things that guys do they could do that and have a group” said Larsson.
The LDS church has issued a statement saying:
“Generally church members are encouraged to wear their best clothing as a sign of respect for the Savior, but we don’t counsel people beyond that.
The groups wear pants to church day is this Sunday the 16th of December.