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.