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You’ve got to be kidding…

A Christian midwife is taking her employer to court because they forced her to use her Christian super-powers to raise people from the dead. Oh… sorry… it’s because they’re making her wear pants. Sweet baby Jebus! That’s terrible. In fact, if I was into bad puns I would be tempted to say that it’s a midwife cwisis. But I’m not, so I won’t.

But what does wearing pants have to do with being Christian? Well, this:

A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.

Bugger… there doesn’t seem to be a lot of wriggle room there. But it’s still a bit confusing. I mean, I guess it means I can’t wear skirts, but which gender gets to wear shorts? And what about singlets, socks, belts, hats, scarves, thongs and Hypercolour t-shirts? And, now that I think about it, didn’t everyone just wear robes back then anyway?

Why yes, yes they did.

As an added bonus, since she’s so keen to follow the rules in Deuteronomy, the hospital might be able to use her to enforce disproportionately harsh punishments for extremely specific types of inter-spousal assault:

If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.

Unfortunately for the midwife, even this added benefit wasn’t enough to convince the employment tribunal to rule in her favour:

On Tuesday night the midwife’s claim was rejected by the tribunal. It ruled that the strict uniform policy in force at Queen’s Hospital did not disadvantage Christians and was “legitimate and proportionate for infection control”.

Phew! Cwisis averted.

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