Om (My God)
01:39 PM
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While I would be hard-pressed to convince anyone that I'm a practicing Buddhist (due to my foul attitude and all-around, Type-A, New Yorker mentality), Buddhism is certainly something that I've studied for a few decades. Conceptually, I agree with the notions of serenity, enlightenment and tolerance, so this news item makes me want to throw Sri Lanka a good ole Brooklyn-style side-eye.

According to the BBC, Briton Antony Ratcliffe was detained by security at the Colombo airport when they caught site of his Buddha tattoo and proclaimed that it was "disrespectful."

Says Ratcliffe:

They took my passport and held me there for an hour and a half. All the time they were bringing people in to look at my arm, and they were shaking their heads... I was explaining my case, pleading basically, and the chief officer just told me to 'shut up, shut up' and he refused to talk to me.

Sounds "Om" as fuck to me...

I won't lie, I've been profiled/questioned/scanned/swabbed/wanded at airports due to my outward appearance and tattoos on numerous occasions (in fact, one time I was patted-down by a guy who claimed to be Big Steve's stepfather). I try to take the serene approach: they're doing their job. But I find it odd that a permanent decision/commitment to Buddhism would raise such ire as an "act of disrespect" from a predominantly Buddhist country.

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[Buddha tattoo by Little Swastika]

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