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A.B. Forster, USA

But I want you to understand that Christ is supreme over every man, the husband is supreme over his wife, and God is supreme over Christ. So a man who prays or proclaims God's message in public worship with his head covered disgraces Christ. And any woman who prays or proclaims God's message in public worship with nothing on her head disgraces her husband; there is no difference between her and a woman whose head has been shaved. If the woman does not cover her head, she might as well cut her hair. And since it is a shameful thing for a woman to shave her head or cut her hair, she should cover her head. A man has no need to cover his head, because he reflects the image and glory of God. But woman reflects the glory of man; for man was not created from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for woman's sake, but woman was created for man's sake. On account of the angels, then, a woman should have a covering over her head to show that she is under her husband's authority. In our life in the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For same way man is born of woman; and it is God who brings everything into existence. Judge for yourself whether it is proper for a woman to pray to God in public worship with nothing on her head. Why, nature teaches you that long hair on a man is a disgrace, but on a woman it is a thing of beauty. Her hair has been given to her to serve as a covering. But if anyone wants to argue about it, all I have to say is that neither we nor the churches of God have any other custom in worship.

1 Corinthians, 11 verse 3-16, The Good News Bible Catholic Study Edition with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha, Catholic Bible Press, Nashville, 1979