Oh, sweet mercy.
Everything is tolerable except intolerance, right? I have to remind myself of that.
The Church of Body Modification, or what I already like to call the Bod Mod’s have piqued the interest of the entire nation thanks to a 14 year old gal in North Carolina who was sent home from school for violating the school’s dress code. The problem was a nose ring. Then it escalated. Momma gets involved, claiming religious persecution because she and her daughter are members of The Church of Body Modification.
Wait. Is this for real? Yes. Of course it’s real.
According to Richard Ivey, a minister for the Church of Body Modification:
We don’t worship the god of body modification or anything like that. Our spirituality comes from what we choose to do ourselves. Through body modification, we can change how we feel about ourselves and how we feel about the world.
So, are they saying there is no god of body modification?
This church has rules, regulations, creeds, a system of constitutionalesque beliefs, and it even has a website–if you’re interested in joining–though you do have to apply. If you’re a fan of clip-on earrings, this one probably isn’t for you. I think there are several bastardizations of Christianity that are into clip-on earrings, so you might give them a shot.
In terms of the gal in North Carolina, welcome to the club, sister–separation of church and state. I’m sure there are a lot of Christians who would love to start preaching in the hallways, and Muslims who would prefer to place their mats and pray in the middle of Algebra, but it just ain’t an option.