'Dear Brian...': Christian pastor's 'misogynistic' tweets spark backlash online

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Pastor Brian Sauvé has caused controversy online after sharing his thoughts about what women should avoid posting online. (Images via Twitter/BrianSauvé)
Pastor Brian Sauvé has caused controversy online after sharing his thoughts about what women should avoid posting online. (Images via Twitter/BrianSauvé)

A Christian pastor is at the centre of an online firestorm after urging women to stop posting certain kinds of photos online.

On Sunday, Brian Sauvé, a pastor at Refuge Church in Ogden, Utah, took to Twitter with an open letter to "ladies," seemingly on behalf of all men about showing skin on social media.

"Dear Ladies, " Sauvé began. "There is no reason whatsoever for you to post pictures of yourself in low cut shirts, bikinis, bra and underwear, or anything similar—ever. Not to show your weight loss journey. Not to show your newborn baby. Not to document your birth story." He signed the tweet, "Your Brothers."

The father of five's tweet sparked backlash online, with thousands of users crafting their own responses to Sauvé using the format "Dear Brian," which began trending on Twitter.

Many people criticized Sauvé for his "misogynistic" thoughts, saying they condemn and seek to "control" women by vilifying their bodies.

"Dear Brian, There is no reason whatsoever for you to post your outdated and sexist opinion - ever," one Twitter user wrote. "Not to show your misogynistic views. Not to force your religious views on others. Not to tell women what to do with their bodies and lives."

"Dear Brian," author John Pavlovitz wrote. " Pastors like you are why the Church is known for misogyny and the subjugation of women more than empathy and equity. You should try the sacred ministry of minding your own damn business."

"Dear Brian," one woman said. "I am a Christian. I am a mom. I am a woman. But most importantly, I am a human worthy of love. I am not defined by what I wear or 'show off', but who I am inside. Tell your brothers I am not an object, but I am a person."

Yahoo Canada reached out to Sauvé for comment, but has yet to receive a reply.

Sauvé went on to share a thread to his “Christian brothers in light of the absolute tsunami of sexual temptation they face every day.”

According to Sauvé, men “have no choice” but to witness women “parade their bottoms and breasts” in front of them.

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Sauvé used the opportunity to share his advice on how men can combat what can only be interpreted as the burden of being around the opposite sex by “delighting” in their wives and “go be a glory” if “the cowardly church” won’t "rubuke those sins common to women.”

While Sauvé gave bible verses to support his views, others weighed in, encouraging Sauvé not to use Christianity to subjugate women.

The onus, many users wrote, should be put on men to police themselves, their thoughts and their actions, rather than condemn women for simply having bodies.

"How about preaching about personal responsibility to the point where folks don't merely try and make others conform to the ideologies you espouse?" someone suggested.

"That is a "you" problem and not a "professed Christian sisters" problem," another said. "If you cannot control yourself around half of the population then perhaps you should stay home."

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