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Rules and Choices

29 October 2011, 6:06 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Faith, Opinion.

Church Halloween Event Bans ‘Cross-Gender’ Costumes

The Jesus Church of Latter-day Saints and some of its members fought back against criticism Friday after a flier for a Halloween event said no ‘cross gender’ costumes were allowed, Utah’s Fox13 reported.

Ok, my first question: What is a ‘cross-gender costume’?

The flier for the trunk-or-treat-event, an LDS event where kids trick-or-treat in the parking lot of one of the religious centers, also specified that the children not wear masks.

This is an event held by a church, they can make rules that are in line with their beliefs, and having kids not wear masks, well, I would think that is a safety issue.

Raquel Smith, a Sandy, Utah mother, told Fox13 that she felt the event sends the wrong message to the children.

“It has everything to do with not loving your fellow man because they choose to dress a specific way,” Smith, who is not a Mormon, told the station.

A word to Mzzzz Smith:  What is the wrong message?  Putting beliefs into practice?  I didn’t see anything about not loving your ‘fellow man’.  If the lady had ever read the Bible, she might be aware that acting against God’s Word is more harmful to your fellow man. If she doesn’t like the church’s rules for their event, she is welcome not to attend. It’s that simple.

LDS spokesperson, Scott Trotter, told Fox13 that the church dictates the no-mask policy for such events, but that the cross-dressing ban is not policy and event rules like that are up to the discretion of the bishop or church members. Trotter said that he does not know why such language was used, but assumes that it was a means to promote appropriate dress.

A church can decide what they are willing to accept. If they don’t feel it appropriate for little boys to dress up like a fairy princess, then they are well within their rights.

“There is no way we would be concerned about the child cross-dressing that way on Halloween,” Doug Goldsmith, a child psychologist and Executive Director of The Children Center, told the station. “There are many, many other times when we may start to see signs of gender confusion, but that is not associated with Halloween at all.”

With all due respect, I would be quite concerned if my little boy dressed up in girl type costumes, and visa versa. Thanks to the ‘anything goes’ mindset, kids are even more confused than ever.  As a nation, we have lost our way.

Deuteronomy 22:5  “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God.

I don’t a great deal about LDS, but if I understand correctly, they do stick with Biblical teachings, as well as The Book of Mormon.  I won’t get into my difference of opinion with the LDS.  That isn’t the issue.  My church doesn’t “celebrate” Halloween, but many around here hold ‘trunk or treat’ events for the kids.  If the church has a rule that a parent doesn’t agree with, said parent finds a different event to take their kids.  In my opinion, this woman sounds like a whining child.  It’s a shame so many chronological adults set such a petty example for their children.

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  1. Maggie@MaggiesNotebook. 30 October 2011, 9:17 am

    The Denver Girl Scouts just accepted a 7-year “transgender” boy into their membership. If GSA had a trick-or-treat event, can you imagine what might show up?

    I don’t know how many times I have read through the Bible over the years, but it is more than a few. Kate, here is the first time I remember seeing Deut 22:5.  

  2. olbroad. 31 October 2011, 9:37 am

    Heaven only knows!  I find it odd that an organization that USE to be God centered has turned into such a PC bunch of nincompoops!  :?

    Me too.  Just recently I noticed it.  Weird.  There are also some reference in the New Testament of the subject.  Can’t think right off hand where though.  Thessalonians, or Timothy, maybe?  Have to look again.  The mind ain’t what it use to be.  :D