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You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.” ~ Matthew 7:5

Tad Callister, general authority for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, revealed something about himself, if not the LDS Church, when he stood up in front of a group of students at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Idaho recently and counseled, “Our dress not only affects our thoughts and actions, but the thoughts and actions of others.
Callister continued his counsel with, “the dress of women has a powerful impact on the minds and passions of men, if it’s too low, too high, too tight, it might prompt improper thoughts in the mind of a young man striving to be pure.
Oh, oh . . . I don’t know about you but I’m thinking that the 68-year old Callister, a general authority in the LDS Church since 2008, implied that a woman who dresses too low, too high, or too tight, is somehow responsible for causing a young man striving to be pure to go astray.
Hard to believe that Callister, a man who has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a Juris doctorate from UCLA, and a masters of laws degree from New York University, and who practiced law for a number of years would stand up in public and actually say something so damning, isn’t it?
If you’ve been surprised by what you’ve heard so far, get ready for more.
Callister’s BYU talk has been published for posterity as “What is the Lord’s Standard for Morality” in the March, 2014 issue of ENSIGN, a Church magazine in which the honorable general authority actually says; “in the end most women will get the type of man they dress for."
Are we to believe that Callister and/or the LDS Church believes that women are unable to attract men by virtue of who they are as personable, caring, thinking, beautiful human beings?
Are we to believe that the general authority and/or his Church believe that women have only one asset: sex appeal revealed by the garments they choose to wear?
Are we to believe that Tad Callister and/or the Church believes that young men are so shallow and so ethically and spiritually bereft, that they are unable to control their sexual urges?
What are we to believe?
You tell me.

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