A city in Alabama is debating whether or not to ban saggy pants and miniskirts, a law specifically targeted at teenagers, which city leaders say is based on respect for their society and God.
“I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it,” Frank Goodman, a member of the Dadeville City Council, where the ban is being considered, told The Daily Beast. “What would God do? Did God go around doing this?”
The proposal to ban saggy pants was first brought up last month by Goodman and has recently expanded to include miniskirts and short shorts, Syracuse.com noted. Another council member, Stephanie Kelly, felt not including the female articles of clothing would be discriminatory to males.
“I think for the girls, with these shorts up so high looking like undergarments and dresses so short, I don’t want us to be showing favoritism,” she told the Alexander City Outlook.
Goodman also cited the elderly population of the city as another reason why the ban is being considered. He told The Daily Beast that elderly folks do not approve of what teenagers in the area choose to wear.
“The reason I brought this up is I think people deserve respect when they are in public,” he said. “I think slacking is disrespectful. I think it gives our younger generation the wrong impression of what is cool.”
Goodman believes there is a problem when there are “people walking down the street with their hand in front of them holding up their pants.”
“Then they have the nerve to walk into a place of business and ask for a job,” he added. “If you come to my house you are going to pull them up before you get on my property, much less in my door. I prayed about this. I know that God would not go around with pants down.”
Other members of the city council support the ban and will likely take a vote on it at their next meeting, according to Syracuse.com.
Three cities in Georgia and a parish in Louisiana have similar bans on saggy pants, with fines ranging from $25 to $500.
Some Dadeville citizens objected to the proposal on a Facebook page, with one dissenter comparing the clothing ban to the 1980s film “Footloose.”
“What about no dancing or rock music we gonna ban too?” the post read.