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While browsing the net, I come from time to time upon webpages, blogs etc., run by conservative Christians from the States. Among other topics, they give their opinions there about what they do consider as a modest dress. Those opinions vary - but some of those Christians advocate that, for example, women's dress should look like this:

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I'd like to ask - how many of American Christians share those views? For example, is it common to see women dressed like that on the streets etc.? Do many of American Christians agree about the necessity of plain dress and head coverings for women - or are those a minority views?

I don't mean to offend anyone - I'm asking out of curiosity, as I'm a little interested in religion, various Christian denominations etc.

> While browsing the net, I come from time to time upon webpages, blogs etc., run by conservative Christians from the States. Among other topics, they give their opinions there about what they do consider as a modest dress. Those opinions vary - but some of those Christians advocate that, for example, women's dress should look like this:
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> http://bp3.blogger.com/_zFuYJgqLhZA/RhZ9rwjEpqI/AAAAAAAAAAs/9FgQ4574vOM/s1600-h/modest+dress.jpg
> http://bp2.blogger.com/_zFuYJgqLhZA/RkjaUQ0rH2I/AAAAAAAAACM/O1ISzD5r1s0/s1600-h/modest+dress.jpg2.jpg
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> I'd like to ask - how many of American Christians share those views? For example, is it common to see women dressed like that on the streets etc.? Do many of American Christians agree about the necessity of plain dress and head coverings for women - or are those a minority views?
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> I don't mean to offend anyone - I'm asking out of curiosity, as I'm a little interested in religion, various Christian denominations etc.

Good luck with exploring the various denominations and churches. Since the protestant churches split from the Catholic church 500 years ago, they've developed somewhere between 20,000 to 40,000 different denominations world-wide, and each denomination believes in their own interpretation of the Bible. (The gulf between the eastern and western churches, though, isn't as severe as many eastern churches have come back into communion with the western church since the "big split" of the 11th century.)

But to address your question Christianity in America is a non-uniform hodge podge. I read in National Geographics lately that 80% of the population claim to be Christian. Most Christians in America are protestants, and of the thousands of different protestant denominations there is a wide interpretation of what is modest. In just my personal opinion I think it boils down to religious education, how one reads the Bible (either as a book of "conclusions" or a book of "patterns"), the particular church, the denomination and even the individual's understanding and practice of their religion. (Americans have a strong independant nature, and so just because someone belongs to a certain denomination is no guarantee that they subscribe to everything that denomination teaches.)

Certainly most conservative Christians will dress in a non-provocative manner (hence "modest"). Of an interesting note, the Bible (I believe it's in one of Paul's letters) does recommend that a woman ought to have her head covered when worshipping. Most protestants don't tend to go that far, although in some churches women will generally wear hats while attending a service. Catholics (as of Vatican II) have it as optional for a woman to wear a veil over their head while inside a church (pre-Vatican II, all women had to wear veils while in church). But in my opinion only the most severe of conservatives would dress in something reminiscent of the 19th century. Like the Amish, Mennonites, and some others.


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