A good friend of mine, who is also a shooting buddy, showed up at the gun range one day very proud of his new tattoo, which was the Arabic word “Kafir”.
It is a euphemism to say that he disagrees with the Muslim faith. He seems to believe that this tattoo means “infidel” and that it is supposed to provoke Muslims or to say something like “I am not scared of your world domination scheme” (or something like that).
We have been arguing over this one, because I have pointed that it actually means “Unbeliever” and that Muslims call “Kuffar” (plural) either atheists, pagans or members of an Abrahamic religion who are not faithful to their creed. Christians are actually called “An Nassarah” (literally “Nazarenes”) and Jews “Al Yahoud”.
He does not want to believe that not only the tattoo does not means what he thinks it means but that, by wearing it, he is not only insulting the holy spirit (as the body is the temple of the holy spirit) but also advertising himself as a non-observant Christian. And, as the word is an insult addressed at Muslims, he is also doing his work in perpetuating the cycle of hate and violence.
I have to mention that he is a non-Catholic Christian and that he has tried to challenge me a few times, but I’ve decided to delay the apologetic confrontation for a while.
I am to the point where I don’t mention anything about this but the sight of this tattoo makes me shiver. I hope he can see the light and get it covered or removed.
Thanks in advance for your opinion and advice.