A Christian magazine has issued an apology after running a personal ad written by an Illinois father looking to find a husband for his daughter.
The ad appeared in the jobs section of Christianity Today with “Son-In-Law” listed as an available position, the Daily Beast reported.
“Her: godly, gorgeous, athletic, educated, careered, humorous, travelled, bilingual, 26-year-old virgin,” the ad read. “You: unworthy, though becoming less so daily.”
The father then went on to leave his email address for suitors to “apply.”
Rachel Stewart -- whose father reportedly posted the job listing -- learned about the ad after readers of her blog brought it to her attention.
“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,” Stewart wrote in a since-deleted blog post, according to The Daily Beast.
Stewart wrote that she was “impressed, but not surprised” by the ad. When she confronted her father Stephen about it, he reportedly closed his office door and defended his decision to place the ad. He then read it aloud to her.
Rachel added that her father had been working on a plan to find her a husband, but refused to give her any details. He called the plan “El Grande,” or the “The Big One.”
“I’m just nervous if this doesn’t work out, next I’ll find my face plastered on a billboard,” Rachel wrote in the blog post. “Oh gosh, now I’m giving him ideas.”
Meanwhile, Christianity Today editor and chief Mark Galli has issued an apology for running the ad in the first place. He called it “demeaning and in poor taste.”
“We want everything in our magazine to reflect beautiful orthodoxy, and this ad did not,” Galli wrote. “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 ad appeared in the March issue of Christianity Today, according to the NY Daily News.