Mormon Halloween Party Bans Cross-Dressing Costumes: OK or Outrageous?
Living 2011/10/30 02:52:59
An affiliate of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Sandy, Utah is facing criticism for banning cross-dressing at their recent trunk-or-treat Halloween party. Their policy meant than any girl who wanted to dress as Spiderman or any boy who wanted to dress as Lady Liberty was out of luck. They would not be allowed to don their costumes and collect candy in the church’s parking lot. The fliers advertising the party, which were circulated in the local neighborhood, also instructed guests not to wear masks.
The leader of the Crescent 16th Ward, LDS Bishop Dennis Toone, defended the restrictions saying that they were a matter of “church policy.” However, a little investigation has uncovered that while the prohibition of masks is a church policy for “security and safety reasons,” the church’s handbook does not say anything else about costumes.
"The flier does not represent church policy," said LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter on Friday, in reference to the ban on gender-bending costumes.
Yet, Toone stands by the flier. "We thought it was a church policy," he said. "I’ll defend the church, and anybody who doesn’t like it doesn’t have to come."
Toone does have a point. Though the public was invited, the Halloween party was a private event and parents or children who didn’t like the policy did not have to attend. However, others argue that the costume restriction was mean-spirited and sent the message, to children in the community, that it is all right to discriminate against people based on their gender expression.
What do you think about the church’s restriction on cross-dressing costumes? OK or outrageous?
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