How are tattoos forbidden? Don't OOs get a cross tattoo'd on their wrist?
What a horrible place to get a cross tattooed.
Talk about limiting one's job prospects.
I'm not wearing a long-sleeve shirt year round.
No, no...you don't understand. They're tiny. I think I am the only one in my church without one, but all that I've seen are tiny
, such that if you wore a regular-sized watch the width of the band would be big enough to cover the tattoo completely. I've seen benign moles in the same spot that were bigger than most Coptic wrist tattoos.
As people at my church tell me, in modern times the tattoo has been adopted as a sly form of protest against Muslim domination of Egypt. The Copts used to be branded thusly by the Muslim authorities so as to be easily identifiable for purposes of jizya tax collection and other things (ahem...), so even after that system was dismantled the Copts decided that they should like to keep tattooing themselves as a declaration of faith (since public evangelism is, of course, verboten), and a visible witness and reminder of their history and the proud refusal to submit to Islam as the majority of their fellow countrymen had done over the centuries.
This is precisely why I won't be getting one myself, as I didn't go through any of that...but I sure admire those who did, and would have a hard time imaging that they should be condemned for what was first beyond their control, and later a witness to their Christian faith under extremely harsh conditions.