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Sounds of Fundamentalism: Women Should Never Draw Attention to Themselves

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Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a video clip of Jeff Harris, pastor of Anchor Baptist Church in Hilton, New York ignorantly explaining the Greek word for “apparel.” Three different Greek words are used for “apparel” in the New Testament. Harris, as Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) preachers are wont to do, picks the definition that best fits his archaic beliefs about women and how they should dress. Harris believes women should only wear long, flowing dresses that mute their shape. They mustn’t wear anything that draws attention to their bodies. Harris also says that women should be bashful around others — unlike IFB preachers such as Jeff Harris who are the center of attention everywhere they go.

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Harris’ bio states:

Pastor Harris was saved at the age of 12 at Calvary Baptist Church in Danville, KY. He surrendered to the call to preach as a teenager and upon graduation from high school he studied at Hyles-Anderson College for one year. He then finished his training for the ministry and was ordained by Clays Mill Road Baptist Church & earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from Commonwealth Baptist College (Lexington, KY).

He married his wife Elizabeth (Tyra) Harris in 1999. After a brief stint as a staff member at Clays Mill Road Baptist Church the Harris family moved to Elizabethtown, KY where Pastor Harris founded the Lincoln Trail Baptist Church in September of 2001 ( He served as their Pastor until he resigned in July of 2012 to move to Rochester, NY to plant the Anchor Baptist Church.


Bruce Gerencser, 64, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 43 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    Sounds like half of “God’s creation” should act like they are ashamed to exist. And why shouldn’t they be instructed to also wear a head scarf for the same reason like Muslim women? Glad Senator Harris (D-CA) never got this message!

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    Michael Mock

    Of all the things that an immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing deity with the whole of creation to watch over might choose to concern himself with, women’s fashion seems like it ought to be at the bottom of the list.

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      Bruce Gerencser

      Yep. And verses that actually address these things are few. IFB preachers give women’s clothing an unwarranted status in their preaching. Of course, it’s not about “teaching,” it’s about control.

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    Of course, Fundy Evangelical boys aren’t taught to mind their own business and restrain themselves; they have to blame girls and women for wearing something besides a gunny sack to cover up all the sources of temptation for their libidos. Nobody ever says to them, “Girls are not to blame for what you’re thinking. Cut it out!” Yeah, it’s about control of women, and keeping them constantly in the wrong.

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    Brian Vanderlip

    Dumb people spout dumb ideas that appeal to dumbed down congregants. This fella just capitalizes on the abdication of Reason among believers sitting and listening to him. He’s a dime a dozen.

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