Letter: Honorable Hair


I couldn’t help but notice a recent opinion piece, titled “Touchdown Tresses 10/4,” where the central message seemed to be ‘I thank thee I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers or even as this long-haired QB.’

Being sarcastic in tone, the author neglected to find a scriptural reference to reinforce the message.

If I may supply just such a reference: the best support for our judging others based on hair-length is found in Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians where he says, “If a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him.”

However, the apostle didn’t stop there.

He went on to say, “but if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her.”

If people find it necessary to have criticized Riley Nelson because of his hair, we must not ignore the growing number of LDS women who, as Paul would say, “dishonoureth” their heads by cutting their hair short.

This so-called pixie hairstyle is in direct contradiction to the Holy Scriptures.

The Honor Code does not yet contain any specific requirement for the sister’s hair length, Clearly, the point where men must not let their hair go beyond (below the collar or covering the ear) would be a good minimum requirement for all women at BYU.

While the world changes its idea of what is acceptable for women’s hair, we can’t allow our standards to be lowered.

Jared Jacobson
Portland, Ore.

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