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    Sunday, May 28, 2006

    To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo

    The 'temple' defiled, or statement of faith? For many, tattoos celebrate spiritual growth, devotion

    By Joe Rodrigue
    Knight Ridder Newspapers
    May 28, 2006

    WICHITA, Kan. -- Martha Arana wears her faith on her skin -- in permanent black, red and green ink. Arana, a 24-year-old Wichita State University social work student, recently had a cross wrapped with a vine and two roses tattooed on her right ankle. It was her first tattoo.

    Her 21-year-old sister, Maria Arana, got the same tattoo at the Elektrik Chair, a tattoo parlor in Wichita, Kan.

    "Whenever we've gone through stuff, the only thing that gets us through is our faith," said Martha Arana, a Catholic. "So we both decided to get something that symbolizes our faith." The two are among countless people of faith nationwide who have tattoos that reflect their spirituality and religious beliefs. But is a tattoo an appropriate way to display faith?

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    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/28/2006 05:33:00 PM


    Anonymous Batgirl said...

    Since the article mentioned the most often used scripture of Lev 19:28, I'll ask if those who might quote it here also believe the part in verse 19 that says: Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.
    I'm sure we've all worn a 50/50 blend T shirt before. As with all laws, I think we have to look at the intent... and at that time, I think it was b/c those tatoos and cuttings meant something... worshipping other gods.
    I don't think tatoos are wrong, but I don't particularly care for them either. I think the motive behind the tatoo is what matters.

    Sunday, May 28, 2006 9:39:00 PM  
    Blogger Arkansas Razorbaptist said...

    Well said Batgirl. I prefer 100 % cotton t-shirts :)

    Sunday, May 28, 2006 10:30:00 PM  
    Anonymous Batgirl said...

    Me too.

    Monday, May 29, 2006 7:57:00 AM  
    Blogger Bryan Riley said...

    Very well said... you just said it too early before someone could post something silly up here about it.

    Monday, May 29, 2006 8:03:00 AM  
    Blogger Arkansas Razorbaptist said...

    I'm thinking about getting a tattoo now

    Monday, May 29, 2006 1:13:00 PM  
    Blogger Bryan Riley said...

    Perhaps you should post a contest for suggestions on the what and where of such a tattoo. :) LOL.

    Monday, May 29, 2006 1:31:00 PM  
    Blogger Arkansas Razorbaptist said...

    I was thinking about doing just that. Good call Brian.

    Monday, May 29, 2006 1:49:00 PM  
    Anonymous batgirl said...

    I was trying to find one that I could see the slightest bit of a possibility of liking... but I couldn't. I just do not like tatoos.

    Tuesday, May 30, 2006 11:40:00 AM  

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