This story should annoy the Leviticus 19:28 followers.
While getting a tattoo may not be considered the holiest practice, it shouldn’t always be perceived as devilish.
“Religious tattoos are a sign of faith,” said Jason Gennaro, of www.religioustattoos.net. “Those who tattoo themselves with Christian symbols of faith are displaying a belief that many try to subjugate and hide.”
My recent Irrational Arguments Against Tattoos post was intended to discuss some of the most commonly used, although admittedly weak, arguments against tattoos.
I received the following comment in response to that post:
This blog is clearly confirmation bias where the author is attacking the lowest common denimator’s opinion against tattoos rather than real issues people have with tattoos, their culture, and the conformity of anti-conformity. If you want people to care about what you write, you shouldn’t pick on the weak arguments.
I will be the first to admit that this blog is biased in favor of tattoos. But if these 10 arguments are the weak ones, where are the strong arguments?
How do you honestly feel about people with tattoos?
What is it about tattoo culture that bothers you?
Do you still think that tattoos are a form of anti-conformity?
Is the Bible, specifically Leviticus 19:28, the cause for your dislike of tattoos?
I want to hear from anyone who dislikes tattoos. Pass this link along to anyone who you think can provide a valid, strong argument against tattoos.
Either leave a comment on this post, or visit my contact page to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you and will respond to any issue that is brought up.
This article contains some very generic warnings about tattoos, but I’m very happy to see people who are informed about tattoos leaving comments in an attempt to clarify some of the authors points.
I’m also glad to see more and more people responding to the inevitable Leviticus 19:28 quotes.
Over the last few days I have noticed someone named Elijah Greenleaf has left this comment, or some variation of it, in response to almost every single tattoo article I read.
Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28. Tattoos are on the people who didn’t get the word of the Lord!
I have come to expect someone to quote Leviticus every time tattoos are mentioned, so this isn’t really a shock to me. But the latest article he responded to was a very touching story of a family who lost a 6 year old child to cancer and all got tribute tattoos. You can read that story here.
The first and only comment so far is from Elijah, spouting his coveted Leviticus quote, condemning tattoos. I cannot think of a less appropriate time to shove scripture down someone throat. I find this complete lack of compassion to be absolutely disgusting. A family is mourning the death of a child and you think the appropriate response is to condemn them for getting tattooed, all in the name of the Lord?
Would you show up to a funeral and harass everyone wearing a suit made from 2 kinds of fabric?
“‘Keep my decrees. “‘Do not mate different kinds of animals. “‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. “‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material. -Leviticus 19:19
There is a time and a place for everything. Throwing the bible in the faces of a family in mourning is NOT the time. Show some respect, because you are making yourself and your religion look bad.
What happened to this passage:
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. -Leviticus 19:18
Oh, I must have forgotten about the fine print where it says that says this rule doesn’t apply if your neighbor happens to be gay, has tattoos or believes in another god. How foolish of me.
The Huffington Post seems to be obsessed with tattoo related stories these days. This one happens to combines 2 hot topics, religion and tattoos, and we all know what that means… Multiple Leviticus 19:28 quotes and lots of comment debate.