A Baptist pastor is on leave after receiving widespread criticism for sexist and racist comments he made about women and former First Lady Melania Trump, during a sermon to his congregation.
“I’m not saying any woman can be the epic trophy wife like Melania Trump,” Stewart-Allen Clark told her church in February as a picture of her beaded on a large screen behind her. “Most women may not be trophy wives, but you know … maybe you’re a participant trophy,” Clark said during the 22-minute sermon at First General Btist Church in Malden, Missouri.
“Men have a need for their women to look like women. Wooden pants don’t cut it all the time. Wearing flip-flops and pajamas to Walmart – it does not work. There is nothing attractive about it. It’s not,” Clark said. in his sermon. “And men want their wives to look good at home and in public, I can get an amen!”
At another point, Clark pondered, “Why are women so often let go after they get married?”
Pastor Stewart Allen-Clark tells the congregation that women need to work harder to look good on men. I’m not saying that every woman can be the epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump. Most women may not be trophy wives, but you know … maybe you’re a participant trophy. ” pic.twitter.com/5GfyqIeQZw
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Clark’s sermon, which was condemned as derogatory and beyond the pale of a religious sermon. At least one of the pastor’s comments was also condemned as racist.
“If beautiful women from the south are called ‘southern bells,’ does that mean beautiful women from Mexico are called ‘Taco Belles?'” Clark asked at one point in his address.
Clark has now taken leave from the church and is now seeking “professional advice” according to the church. General Btist Ministries, to which Clark’s Church is affiliated, issued a statement says his sermon “included comments that are inconsistent with General Btist’s views and values.”
The Church also affirmed “that every woman was created in the image of God, and they should be valued for that reason. Furthermore, we believe that all men, regardless of other factors, are so loved by God that Christ died for them.”
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This article was originally beaded in the US TODAY: Pastor on leave after calling Melania Trump ‘trophy wife’ in sermon