RALEIGH, NC – 14 year old teen was suspended from school for violation of the school dress code policy. This has launched her into a fight with the school over her freedom to express her religion. This issue has drawn the attention of the ACLU.
Ariana Iacono and her mom belong to an organization called the Church of Body Modification which believes the rituals of body modification connects them to the divine. Their mission statement, from their website, reads:
We, the congregation of the Church of Body Modification, will always respect our bodies. We promise to always grow as individuals through body modification and what it can teach us about who we are and what we can do. We vow to share our experiences openly and honestly in order to promote growth in mind, body, and soul. We honor all forms of body modification and those who choose to practice body modification for any reason. We also promise to respect those who do not choose body modification. We support all that join us in our mission and help those seeking us in need of spiritual guidance. We strive to share a positive message with everyone we encounter, in order to act as positive role models for future generations in the body modification community. We always uphold basic codes of ethics and encourage others to do the same. We are a dynamic community, always growing and changing, continually promoting safety, education, and experience in body modification.
Contact with the church has not yet received a response at the time of publication.