A Christian dad recently placed a personals ad about his "26-year-old virgin" daughter in the jobs section of Christianity Today in hopes of finding her a husband.
According to The Daily Beast, the ad read: “Her: godly, gorgeous, athletic, educated, careered, humorous, traveled, bilingual, 26-year-old virgin."
Christianity Today pulled the ad from the web, but was not able to do so from its print version.
Editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, wrote in a tweeted statement:
We at Christianity Today want to apologize for publishing a personal ad in our Marketplace section that has been rightly seen as demeaning and in poor taste. We want everything in our magazine to reflect beautiful orthodoxy, and this ad did not. We have taken a hard look at our ad review process, made some changes, and we can assure our readers that no ad like this will appear again.
The young woman for whom the ad was placed has been identified as Rachel Stewart, who wrote (and later deleted) this entry on her blog:
At least it’s appropriate they placed it in the Employment Opportunities section because putting up with this father-in-law's shenanigans is a full time job, without any paid vacation. So naturally I called my dad at work and asked if he knew anything about a personal ad in the leading evangelical magazine envisioned by Billy Graham. His response was revelatory, 'One second. Let me close my door.' Then came his unapologetic admonition about the entire thing that concluded with him reading it to me. Impressed, but not surprised, I laughed and then hung up. It wasn’t a minute later that I received a text from my mom saying, 'I hear the cat is out of the hat.' Her Puerto Rican version of the expression was the perfect gesture to remind me why I love my parents.
"I’m not angry or embarrassed," Rachel noted. "I'm just nervous if this doesn't work out, next I'll find my face plastered on a billboard."
"Oh gosh, now I'm giving him ideas."
Rachel's dad Stephen Stewart has not commented.