When is a Byzantine cross just a tattoo and when is it a reason to ask another question?

GetReligion | 10/18/2019 | Terry Mattingly
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On one level, this is a simple story about Culture Wars American in 2019.

A trans woman, a regular customer, is eating dinner in a local restaurant in a corner of America — the upper Midwest — where liberal and conservative citizens regularly bump into one another.

Pair - Locals - Comments - Transexuals - Trans

A pair of elderly locals is seated nearby and they make some unfriendly comments about the transexuals — not to the trans customer, but to their waitress. The waitress is triggered, when her boss insists that she serve these customers The woke NBC News double-decker headline outlines the outcome of this exchange in the marketplace of ideas:

"Turning a blind eye to hate is just as bad as saying the hateful things in my opinion," the waitress, Brittany Spencer, said.

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This is the stuff of shallow television news reports, of course. But here is the question that haunted a GetReligion reader: “Did anyone think to ask what's on her neck and what relevance it might have to morals??”

The waitress, you see, is heavily inked and she has a large, prominent tattoo on her neck that raises some interesting religious issues.

Tattoo - Byzantine - Cross - Style - Eastern

This tattoo includes a large Byzantine cross, of the style favored in Eastern churches — Orthodox and Eastern Rite Catholic — in Slavic lands and elsewhere.

But the cross is upside down.

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That’s interesting. And, well, it appears to be attacked to a helmet or a skull with a large pair of horns. It’s hard to tell since that part of the tattoo is obscured by the shirt that the waitress is wearing.

The big question: Are the “morals” in this story linked to Eastern Christian religion or to the rejection of Eastern Christian faith and/or blasphemy linked to that tradition? Are we dealing with religion or anti-religion or some completely different form of religion?...
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