About the middle of this month there was a news story floating around that hit two of my biggest pet peeves. Absolutely guaranteed to make me kick you in the balls type of peeves; people trying to tell other people how to live their lives and religious issues. You have no right to so much as open your big fat mouth and comment on how I choose to lead my life in any fashion. I get so mad I want to tear people’s eyes out. There is very little that will make me think you are a horrible person and that you will burn in whatever version of Hell really existed after death than being a prejudice asshole trying to control other people. (The other thing is cruelty to animals and I define cruelty in a much broader sense than most people. More on that later.)
Fourteen year old Ariana Iacono in North Carolina was suspended from her school for refusing to take out a small nose stud. Clayton High School says that it violates the school’s dress code prohibiting facial piercings. The teen and her family state the nose stud is an expression of her religion as they belong to the Church of Body Modification.
First pet peeve triggered: people trying to tell other people how to live their lives. Mostly, this is an “I’m not hurting anybody else” reaction. I think that no one should have the right to dictate how I live my life so long that I’m not hurting anybody else. (This statement covers all laws and ethnic and moral angles. Stealing=hurting someone else. Exposing myself to children=hurting someone else. Reading a book with gay characters=not hurting someone else. So don’t give me that old argument about my attitude allowing people to break the law and other shit. It don’t fly.) The school states that it has this policy to prevent distracting piercings and other disruptive behavior. Bullshit. It’s a nose stud and it’s barely there. I had to lean against my computer screen and really search for it to even find the little silver dot on the side of Ariana Iacono’s nose.
You know what would have happened if a student had come in with a piercing to their tongue or eyebrow. This= “Hey man/girl. Neat piercing.” And then the bell would ring and everybody would sit down and not give a shit because no shit was given about it. Do you know how much damn crap we could avoid if other people would just shut up? Tons of shit. People have a tendency not care about crap until one asshole decides they don’t like it and then suddenly thousands of other people suddenly don’t like it either when they had no problem with it before. Shut up. Get on with life. It’s not that important.
I know what probably happened here. An asshole teacher in fifth period, after four other teachers had already seen the nose stud and not gave a damn, decided his penis was too small and decided to make himself feel better by ordering a student to remove their nose stud. It got passed on to the higher ups after she refused and she got suspended. Now, they can’t stop being assholes because otherwise they would look like assholes picking on a student because they have small penises and want to make themselves feel better. Wait. Too fucking late!
[pause] I told you I get really mad about this stuff, right? Whole tendency to curse a lot comes with that. I’d say sorry but I’m really not so we’ll just continue on to the second pet peeves this triggered. (Gods, I may need to kill a pillow when I get home. Even talking about it pisses me off.)
Religious issues, complete with a basket of fuck off cakes. Christianity may have brainwashed 3/4 of the world but they are not the only legitimate religion in existence. Just because my religion is not Christianity does not make it any less valid and you do not get to decide whether or not it is. The principal of the high school in question said that he did not believe that the Church of Body Modification came under religious rights and thus Ariana Iacono’s nose stud was not protected in that way. You asshole. You do not get to decide what is a valid and what is not a valid religion. Full stop. Period. It should have ended right there. It didn’t, because you are an asshole. [Gods, I want to hit something.]
I’m a Pagan and Witch. (Have I made the Pagan/Witch post yet? Geez, I need to.) My religion is really not a big deal. You are never going to know unless you outright ask and then I’ll tell you (I’ll never not answer a direct question but I’ll kick your ass if mess with me) or you grab my right hand and yanked it up so you can see my ring. I wear a pentacle ring on my right hand. People never notice. It’s small and easily overlooked. Geez, kind of like a tiny nose stud. Go figure. But I wear it as a representation of my religious views and to remind myself of my outlook in life. It’s the same thing as a person wearing a cross.
The fact that the Church of Body Modification is not on a damn census form does not make it any less of a valid religion. The fact that it was dismissed out of hand by the school just makes my blood boil. People have no right to impose, preach, or otherwise force their views, religious or secular, upon another person. You don’t have to agree with me about it but you do have to respect it. Even if the only way you can respect it is to keep your damn mouth shut and leaving me alone.
News post about this story can be found @
CBS News.com and The State.com