We are mainline Christians who live in a VERY small town. Our town has about 3000 people, and our public school is combined with a few other towns and boasts graduating classes of around 100 kids each year. One of my boys runs cross country in the fall, and this year they had a new kid join. He was odd. He really had no social skills to speak of, but what was really weird is that he wouldn't wear shorts. We are a northern town beside a Great Lake, but in our area, it gets quite warm (80s) and humid. My son found out that he had been homeschooled, but was starting public school this year because his mom was having a hard time teaching him math. (kudos?) Anyway, he started telling my kid that he wasn't allowed to wear shorts because they were really women's underwear. My kid, raised in a mainline church, asked him, "Are you in a cult?" (LOL) he replied, "That's what people say about us."
Fast forward to the first race. The coach tries to explain to the parents that he may not be able to race because they have uniform rules through the state. They petitioned the state to allow him to run in sweatpants (!) for religious reasons.
My husband runs a recreational sports league through our church, which is great because our town doesn't have a rec center or activities. During the league's volleyball signups...he has a team of denim skirt wearing women and a few of their husbands/kids. Here come to find out....it was the SAME family as the sweatpants runner! They play volleyball in Denim skirts (girls) or jeans and polo shirts (guys). DH told them that they might want to wear appropriate sports attire, and he was told that they "dress modestly" because they are Christian. He calls them the Denim Cult team (but only in his own head!). He was pretty amused to learn that his shorts make him a cross-dresser. LOL.
One more note- my son has this kid in two of his classes. Sadly he was never been taught how to write a proper essay, doesn't understand citation, has been caught plagiarizing but doesn't understand what that is or why it's bad and is about 4 years behind in math. I guess that at least he's been allowed to go to school. He's not allowed to read most of the novels that they read in class...so he often is assigned another book that is approved by his parents.