A local preacher calling himself Reverend Isaiah has garnered much criticism with his bold statements condemning the actions of the citizens. He claims to be speaking for the Lord God as he speaks words such as the following:
“The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.” This diatribe comes from Chapter 3 of his book called Isaiah. Already there is a group discussing a lawsuit.
He goes on to declare that the Lord himself says, “The women . . . are haughty, walking along . . . with ornaments jingling on their ankles.” The most riveting of his statements has local women’s activist groups bristling with anger. In Chapter 3 of his book he continues to berate women with a prediction of dire consequences: “In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.”
As if the threat of snatching their purses and mirrors were not enough, he adds even more fuel to the fire with these incendiary words: “Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding.”
One local woman gave this statement to the press: “This Reverend Isaiah . . . who does he think he is . . . condemning our lifestyle, disturbing our traditions and threatening the local economy! I am looking into the possibility that his words might fall into the category of hate speech.”
Subsequent news clipping:
According to an unsubstantiated report, Reverend Isaiah has been sawed in half.