The senior pastor at Resurrecting Faith Church in Waco, Texas has spoken out that hair weaves are not welcome under the Lord’s roof. Pastor A.J. Amir told his parishioners recently that wearing a weave presents a false image and is associated with low self esteem and has advised his female congregation not to wear them to church.
“Long hair don’t care. What kind of mess is that?” he told AmericaPreachers.com, quoting rap artist Lil Wayne. “I don’t want my members so focused on what’s on their heads and not IN their heads. Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I’m saying.”
But it’s not just vanity that’s got his goat – Amir says that the prevalence of weaves among his parishioners, whose average age is 22, is also a financial issue.
“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. NO. I will not be quiet about this.”
And of course, the pastor’s comments have sparked a flurry of reactive tweets, blog posts and Facebook responses.
@Iam_DavidTurner: #CHURCH, why do we judge #WOMEN on hair/weave, kids out of wedlock, dress, etc.? God is love!
@dreamyeyez2011: Sooo this church is saying you can’t wear weave to his church anymore LOL! #EmptySeats
“Come as you are, that’s how I was raised, it shouldn’t even matter on what type of hairstyle you have, just as long as you are there to hear the word of God,” wrote priceless4411 on GlobalGrind.com. “The pastor is just worried about how much a person spends on their hair, because the money is not going in his pockets to make him look good.”
@edoubleyou: Pastor don’t want you spending $300 on weave and wearing it to church cause he’s not getting 10% of it’s value.
“My understanding is the church is a place of refuge for the soul. As far as I know there (is) no ‘weave or not weave’ prerequisite,” Afny agreed. “Among the things that is confusing to me is how does this pastor even know his parishioners have a weave or not? Is he going around taking a survey or feeling women’s hair?”
CP also wrote: “A $300 weave or wig is not irresponsible if you are a cancer survivor who lost your hair, or struggling with alopecia or melanomas. I would think a Pastor would be more informed. Shame on him.”
@anomaleigh: so the weave ban at this church in texas…does this apply to old church mothers and their wigs? Or men and toupees?
However, there were some microbloggers who tweeted in defence of the pastor’s stand.
@Spinston: Pastor bans hair weave from church and y’all are going haywire like you never heard of deeper life
@JoWBloE: I’m bout to start goin to that church lol. I’ma join forces with the pastor. We can start a movement to abolish hair weave