GIRL SUSPENDED FOR NOSE PIERCING SHE SAYS IS RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION

Just how far will authorities go to cleanse the public square of religious expression? Just take the case of Ariana Iacono, a 14-year old girl from Raleigh, North Carolina. Ariana and her mother are members of the Church of Body Modification and in line with the beliefs of that church, she has a nose piercing.

Officials at Clayton High School in Raleigh, have suspended Ariana saying she is violating the school’s dress code. Getting past the ridiculousness of such a dress code (ear piercings are OK but not nose piercings?), the Iaconos’ church has many rituals and 3,500 members nationwide. Scary.