We have received a notice from Kiara Mongrut who would like it known that she was an underaged minor at the time she got the tattoo and that she did not give her consent to the procedure, and that this article and similar articles have caused some harm to her personal reputation.
If this is indeed true then Ms Mongrut can be assured that she has nothing but our sympathy and compassion. Many members of rationalskepticism.org have suffered abuses as minors inflicted upon them in accord with the beliefs of their parents/guardians and/or in the name of their parents/guardians religion, the repercussions of which have followed them well into adulthood. I am sure I speak for the entire membership when I say that our sincere and earnest hope is that Ms Mongrut can and will find a way to overcome the personal burden this unwarranted action has placed upon her.
However, although we are more than happy to offer Ms Mongrut this right of reply we will not delete this topic nor any of the comments herein unless required to do so by a valid legal instrument appropriate to the jurisdiction of the region in which this website is hosted.
05 April 2015
ST. CATHARINES, ONT. — Doris Rosado watches her teenage daughters, Ninette and Kiara Mongrut, get the numbers “666” tattooed on their wrists, beaming with pride. The number typically conjures up biblical symbolism tied to the Antichrist, but this St. Catharines, Ont., family belongs to a obscure Christian sect for which “666” is a positive symbol of their group’s messianic leader.
“They wanted to do it,” Ms. Rosado, 45, said at the St. Catharines tattoo parlour where her daughters were inked. “But now it’s more important because we’re counting down… I’m so proud.”
For this family, and other members of Growing in Grace International, these tattoos are a way of demonstrating their faith as true believers of Jose de Luis de Jesus — who they fervently believe is the second coming of Jesus Christ — before a day of reckoning they believe will wipe out most of humanity.
The group, which they say has branches in five Canadian cities and members in more than 130 countries, believes that on June 30 (or July 1 across the international dateline), their Texas-based leader and his followers will be transformed, said Alex Poessy, the group’s bishop in Canada.
To spread the word, Growing in Grace put up billboards in Toronto this week featuring Mr. de Jesus.
“That day, the body of Jose de Luis de Jesus, who is a human like you and me, his flesh is going to be immortal…. He’s going to be living forever. And that will happen to him, but also his followers.”
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