I'm not a fan of tattoos. I would never have one inked into my skin, but that's personal preference. I don't begrudge other people their bodyart, even if they look like the unfortunate gentleman on the right. And I also feel bad for teens who ink their favorite bands all over their bods (I love Alice Cooper, but...). I also reserve a special place in my heart for those kids whose ink runs over their necks and heads, it must make after college job interviews very interesting for them.
All that being said though, here is a news story that got my dander up.
According to different sources, a family in Bakersfield, California was refused services for their young daughter because the mother had tattoos. Dr. Gary Merrill of Christian Medical Services explained that he was following his beliefs, creating a Christian environment for his patients.
The story I am paraphrasing from, which appeared on a local television news show, went on to quote the doctor, who refused to go on camera , as saying that he has standards for his office based on his values and beliefs. That means no tattoos, body piercings, and a host of other requirements (not sure what that meant).
Yeah, nothing says "Christian" like refusing to treat a little girl for an ear ache. Can't you just see Jesus turning away a child because her parents didn't live up to his standards?
The medical community is probably in an uproar, right? No, according to the AMA, and other doctors, Merrill has the right of any other business to decline service to anyone. And that includes patients who chew gum. I'm sure there's something about gum chewing in the New Testament.
If you want to read the full story, then go here for Channel Seventeen. Pictured to the left is the little girl who the good doctor was too moral to treat.