Teen asserts religious right to nose ring

Suspended from her North Carolina high school for violating the dress code, Ariana Iacono, 14, says her nose ring is a religious symbol and therefore constitutionally protected.

“I think it’s kind of stupid for them to kick me out of school for a nose piercing,” she said. “It’s in the First Amendment for me to have freedom of religion.”

Ariana and her mother, Nikki, 32, belong to the Church of Body Modification, which actually exists.

Richard Ivey, the Iaconos’ Raleigh-based minister in the church, believes it’s a case of officials dismissing something unfamiliar.

. . . Ivey describes the church as a non-theistic faith that draws people who see tattoos, piercings and other physical alterations as ways of experiencing the divine.

School policy provides for dress-code exemptions based on religious faith, so the Iaconos are bound to prevail.

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  1. Reminds me a bit of the religion founded by a group of convicts. They claimed it required them to have steaks every Friday night, along with an alcoholic drink. (Which they kind of spoiled by giving the exact brand name.)

  2. I was actually recently elevated to the level of Archbishop in the Universal Church of Smacking the Bejeezus Out of People Who Want Us to Indulge Their Idiocy (or UCSBOOPWWTUITI, for short).

  3. I really don’t think that someone’s religion will require them to pierce or tatoo their body, but also everyone has the right to different religion and beliefs

  4. Soon to be the most popular religions among high-schoolers: The Church of No Homework, and The Church of All Tests Must Be Open-Book With No Time Limit and Food Day Every Friday.