Pastor’s Apology to Girls He Made Wear One-Piece Swimsuits Goes Viral

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A pastor has gone viral after he issued an apology to all the girls he made wear one-piece swimsuits.

Bryce Brewer, who has worked as a pastor for more than twenty years, came to an important realization after he spent years insisting girls only wear one-piece swimsuits to church-sponsored summer and swim events.

Brewer became of aware of his previous actions while on shopping with his fiancé and her ten-year-old daughter to find a one-piece swimsuit for a church summer camp.

Speaking with Today Parents, Brewer explained he saw the “frustration build” when they were unable to find one.

“I wandered with them through several department stores and through Target trying to find a cute-but-appropriate one-piece bathing suit and they’re very very difficult to find. I watched a frustration build with both of them, almost a dejection,” he said.

“I wondered, how many young ladies did I subject to this event over 20 years of ministry? Times when, because of me, they were desperately searching for a one-piece bathing suit and couldn’t find one?”

Returning from the shopping trip that brought him to a realization, Brewer took to Facebook to apologise for all the times that he had told young women what to wear.

In the post, which has since gone viral with more 27,000 likes, Brewer explained that he needed to issue an apology because “on and off for over twenty years” he had “issued the ridiculous ultimatum to my female students at summer camp ONE PIECE SWIMSUITS ONLY.”

Brewer went on to make 5 points about why he is sorry for his actions.

The first one, he explained he is “sorry that I didn’t teach boys to control themselves.”

Secondly, he said apologized for laying “the weight of purity on a girls swimsuit while she was swimming, and not on the boys responsibility to not be gross.”

His third and forth points saw him apologize for making girls search “for an appropriate one piece so that some male youth pastor could deem them appropriate” and for deeming their “body as something that ‘needs to be covered.'”

The fifth point saw Brewer write: “I am sorry I ever let this be an item of discussion, usually lead by men, at any youth leader meeting … this must have been awful for my female leaders and students to be part of I am still a fan of the “No Produce Rule” – No buns, bananas, or breasts need to be seen. But why are stomachs overtly sexual? Why is a little cleavage sinful? Why are women meant to feel they are responsible for men’s actual sin of lust?”

“So I am sorry to all the students, especially female, that we subjugated to our rules,” he continued. “I am sorry to my female students as the desperately tried to search for a swimsuit in the days leading up to camp. I am sorry if you felt sexualized by us telling you to cover up. I am sorry I didn’t teach boys to be men, and laid that responsibility on young women. Female students – Wear a swimsuit that lets you have fun. Male students – stop being disgusting and control yourself.”

What do you think about his apology?