Paul's Amazing About-Face?

Many believe that the head covering is a human custom.  They think that Paul calls it a "custom" in verse 16 of 1 Cor. 11:

"But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God."

But based on the context of the entire passage, this just doesn't make any sense.

So to paraphrase Paul in verse 16:

"I made it obvious from my tone that I expect you to judge that 

it is NOT proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered.


(in contrast to that 

and in contrast to everything which I've been teaching you in this passage),

if anyone is going to contend that it IS proper,
this is the bottom line:
We don't have any such custom of a woman praying to God with her head uncovered,
and furthermore,
none of the churches of God have that improper, man-made custom."

The practice of a woman praying with her head covered
is what Paul is instructing them to do,
and the practice of a woman praying with her head uncovered
is the human custom that Paul is teaching against. 

I can't believe that Paul would make a complete 180 degree turn from the emphatic instruction he gives in the first 14 verses of this passage.
Can YOU believe it?
If you can, please tell me how.

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