Controversial Christian TV host Pat Robertson has made it clear he isn’t a fan of body ink, telling viewers Wednesday that “tattooing is a heathen practice,” regardless of whether the image one chooses is religious in nature.
“It doesn’t make it okay because it’s religious, believe me,” Robertson said in reference to crucifix tattoos. “It could just be the same tattoo as some hoochie-cooch girl. I mean it doesn’t really make any difference.”
He then pointed to the Bible to note that Old Testament scripture commands believers not to mark their bodies.
“Tattooing is a heathen practice. It is not a Christian practice to mar the body that gave you all this stuff,” he added. “And you see people that have gone crazy on this, and their bodies are just filled with these things.”
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Robertson is likely referencing Leviticus 19:28 in the Old Testament, which reads, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.”
While some would agree that this is a standing ban, others would say that today’s Christians don’t live under this mandate. The New Testament doesn’t address the issue, further complicating it.
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