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by Harper Lee

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is it specifically that upsets Scout about what the churches teach? The mature narrator (Scout) seems to be upset by the way both the African-American and white churches regard women.

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There are several references to the ways that women are viewed in light of religion in To Kill a Mockingbird. One day, Scout and Miss Maudie are talking about the "foot-washing Baptists." Miss Maudie tells Scout that foot-washing (or Primitive) Baptists "think women are a sin by definition" (Chapter 5).

When Scout visits Calpurnia's church, Reverend Sykes preaches on the topic of sin. Scout observes that the content of his sermon is similar to many others she has heard before:

... he warned his flock against the evils of heady brews, gambling, and strange women. Bootleggers caused enough trouble in the Quarters, but women were worse. Again,...

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