A photo of a Canadian sailor found on social media apparently triggered a member of Generation Snowflake.
The offended party, Rob Hutten, posted a photo to Twitter to note the following:
“Saw a navy guy in Tim's today in uniform & HMCS Fredericton hat sporting a huge 'INFIDEL' tattoo on his right arm, stylized in the shape of a machine gun. The message is clear, and scary as hell."
Really? The message is “clear”… and “scary as hell?” Hutten has since deleted his tweet.
The tweet and image went viral, and after the CBC piled on, the Navy's official tattoo policy was dredged up:
“Members [of the Canadian Armed Forces] shall not acquire tattoos that are visible either in military uniform or in civilian clothing that could be deemed to be offensive (e.g., pornographic, blasphemous, racist or containing vulgar language or design) or otherwise reflect discredit on the CAF.”
Whoa! Full-stop and drop anchor — how does “infidel” find its way onto this hate-crime laundry list? “Infidel” is not racist. Nor pornographic. Nor a vulgar term. So by default, that kinda leaves us with blasphemous given the religious connection.
But declaring oneself an “infidel” isn’t really blasphemous. It’s actually a self-deprecating statement. The sailor is embracing a slur, proudly proclaiming he’s a non-believer.