Skip to comments.Can a Good Christian Girl Be a Cheerleader?
Posted on 09/01/2012 11:43:01 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
The start of football season prompted me to visit several sports websites to get an idea of how the putative expertsexpect my favorite college and NFL teams to fare this year.
(Not particularly well).
What struck me is that almost every one of the sites I visited has some sort of photo gallery of cheerleaders, often ranking them not on how well the squads perform their sideline routines, but how hot they are.
If that is what cheerleading has come to for many, if not most, male football fans ogling the young women between plays on the gridiron field that raises the question:
Can a young woman be, at once, a faithful Christian and a cheerleader?
Ariann Denison believes so.
She was a Miami Dolphins cheerleader from 2005 to 2009, before becoming the squads choreographer. She also owns a dance studio that not only offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and pro cheer, but also a liturgical class that combines dance with Christian music.
Ariann says that her background as an NFL cheerleader and choregrapher, and her position as owner of a successful dance studio, has given her the opportunity to share the Gospel with young women who may think that cheerleading and following the Lord are mutually exclusive.
My testimony shocks them, she told The Good News, a Christian newspaper. I tell the older girls that I didnt have my first drink until I was 25. I never went to a club in college. And I kept myself pure until marriage.
And like the dance students taking Arianns pro cheer class, there are many young women throughout the country who aspire to be cheerleaders at the high school, college or even professional level, but who refuse to compromise their Christian values.
Indeed, there are more than 500 Christian cheerleading camps and clinics around the country. The girls that attend the camps learn all the yells, the stunts, the acrobatics, the dances that are taught at secular camps.
The difference is that Christian cheerleaders are not about wearing skimpy costumes and performing bump-and-grind dance moves that are more appropriate at a strip club than on a football sideline.
Christian cheerleaders, as Ariann Denison attests, are not offended by male sports fans who think them hot. But those young women know they are set apart not by what can be seen on the outside by their male admirers, but what God can see on the inside.
NO IT DID NOT!! YOU are the one who said ' should we look at her hotness'? STAY FOCUSED. You are wasting alot of time and bandwidth on this with your dilemma of wanting to be right and YOU ARE NOT!
You address a hate filled rant at me, put words in my mouth, and say bless your heart.
All I did was express an opinion on what I've experienced in my life regarding cheerleaders and Feminists.
I think I like me better than you, LOL.
I’m happy for you, while it lasts.
That does not address your broadbrush comment.
As I said, things aren’t going to change here anytime soon.
Parents get called to either bring a change of clothes or pick up their child if the child is wearing something that doesn’t meet the dress code. Even the cheerleaders skirts meet that code.
I don’t know where you live, and I really don’t care, but your experience is not the same as everyone else. That you have lowlifes as cheerleaders for your school teams is not my problem. Most of our cheerleaders are honor students. And Christians.
BTW - you had already responded to my comment that you are responding to with this one. But thanks for the opportunity to once again remind you of your broad brushing and close mindedness.
I honestly don't understand why you think the article or my comments only apply to your personal schools.
Have you watched any college or professional cheerleaders on TV? There's a whole big world outside your town.
Someone is being "close minded", for sure. `
Have you been to a high school football game recently? The cheerleaders dont even watch the game, they just compete for attention by doing a circus routine in a sexy outfit.
Where in that comment do you mention college or NFL? You said HS - I spoke about HS.
So - who has the problem here?
But, if you insist, here's what I think:
Cheerleading, as it now stands, is the invention of Feminists who took the money away male sports because they hate men and will do anything for money. The parents of these girls, are setting the standards of poll dancers as normal in these girl's lives.
If is similar to Sarah Palin and her husband watching their daughter do a sex dance and rip a man's shirt off on national TV and telling their younger daughter how proud they are.
Parents are turning their children into sex workers without a thought.
Cheereading used to be a way to show support for a team, now it is a selfish “it's all about me” sex display that men use during games to replace porn until they can get back to their computer porn. Any parent who puts their innocent child into such a sitution and then thinks she will be safe at college, or anyplace else, is a disgrace if they can't even admit the danger and at least warn the child.
I responded to your initial comment, which was about HS, and found fault with the broad brush you used. Nothing more, nothing less. I then provided you with examples that were in opposition to your broad brush. You use it once again in this post.
I’m sorry you can’t figure that out.
BTW - I’m sorry that where you live cheerleading is not about showing support for the team, it is where I live. I also want to thank you for insulting all of the young ladies I know and reducing my daughter to tears with your ugly words. Yes - 14 year old girls do read FR, because parents like me are raising Conservative Christian women who are the future of our nation.
Just read the article and then watch this video of what cheerleaders do:
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae
It’s time for you to learn something.
Even Jesus can’t Save a cheerleader.
The Miami dolphin Cheerleaders are NOT High School Cheerleaders - what part of that do you not understand.
What you need to learn is to stick to the topic - you commented about HS cheerleaders and that is what I addressed - I stayed on topic, but because my point did not agree with your broadbrush attitude you have attempted to change the topic.
Alinsky tactics don’t fly with me.
You are so odd. I was posting to someone else and it wasn’t my first post. I don’t know why everything revolves around you and your opinion of me. It’s so boring.
The article is about the Miami dolphin Cheerleaders. Did you read the article?
Here, you and your crying daughter should watch this pole dancing-like video and tell me if you think these are good Christian girls:
Virginia Destroyers Cheerleaders live at MacArthur Center
Odd is my middle name.
I guess this means you’re done yelling at me for expressing my opinion and providing examples to back it up?
" . . . The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: . . ."
Then there are the instructions of Titus 2:3-5, including discreet and chaste ; and then "modest" (1 Tim. 2:9), and "shamefacedness."
Hard to figure Christian cheerleaders.
To be quite frank, I find it harder and harder to countenance Children of God being so enamored with sports anyway. Getting more obviously idolatrous every week.
Just watched the video.
here’s my opinion.
Those are beautiful young women with bodies they are, and should be, proud of. They chose to show them off. However, I hope they have a back up plan because looks only last so long.
But am I insulted or think they are sluts? Nope, and nope. Maybe a touch jealous that I can’t rock that look, but if one of those were my daughter I’d be proud of her, but also encourage her to use the brain God gave her.
NICE FOREARM STAND!! I’ve been working for 6 months on a tripod headstand and just got it recently. The forearm stand is my next goal.
Do you really think it’s wise to post photos of your granddaughter online?
If you think this is pole dancing, its pretty obvious to me that youve never seen actual pole dancing.
BTW, here is a video from my local high schools cheer leading team in a county wide competition.
Oh those slutty girls. Their bare knees and naked ankles are showing. / s
Are they good Christian girls?
Very nice. They aren’t dancing like the pole-dancing girls.
Are you going to send them to college to learn that part? Plus, should the goal be to become professional cheerleaders?
Finally, they should let cheerleaders do the job of cheering on the team and call themselves something else: dancers or some other name. Because, they are not leading cheers for the team, they are taking advantage of the boys.
Wow. Just wow.
So I'm guessing this sort of thing is more to your liking?
GUILTY, NOT GUILTY, GUILTY!
Our right or their right?
What a silly question
My mother was a cheerleader ....a model ....Miss Mississippi and a devout Southern Baptist
I mean really
We are up to our ass in alligators and you are worried about wilted hyacinths
How does that have anything to do with my post?
Would your mom make this video?
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae
I never yelled at you. As for expressing your opinion, well your opinion only involves your personal experience, others have different ones, yet you chose to use yours as the all inclusive of all cheerleaders at the HS level.
Remember - I was responding to your comment about High School - not college or pro - just HS.
Narrow minded and judgmental are not terribly pleasant ways to go through life.
Well...my cousin is a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader was raised by Christian people and is a very decent young lady who does not sleep around and cares for her elder kinfolks as a life commitment unasked of her btw...her and her equally stunning little sister (my aunt and uncle...dear folks)...but i am sure they have some flashy rountines...i do know their organization frowns seriously on acting slatternly
back in the 50s when my mother did her gig nobody did anything raunchy except burlesque...and Hollywood Arbuckle type shenanigans
But i do not like R&B music these days ...it is vulgar quite frequently
I prefer the Stax, Chess, Malaco and Motown of my youth...for black music
*my mom did not have fake boobs..so you have a point there for sure
it's hard for gals to understand but men like to see women in bikinis
I think a Christian gal can wear a bikini...my wife and mother to 5 does...and very nicely I might add even for a gal nearing the Big Change...
but I sure don't fault a more fundie approach...there is no quarrel from me that we are off the deep end in prurience
You know what? Cheerleaders...whether for a high school, college or a professional team...are gymnasts and dancers.
Had cheerleaders been those when I was in high school, I would have been one...for sure.
However, I chose to be on the dance and gymnastics teams.
It was all good...;o)
“I admire young women who succeed in such occupations (or avocations) as modeling or acting or cheerleading who endeavor to stay faithful to their Christian values.”
Me, too, CD. There are more of them than is publicized.
What are you the opinion police?
You don’t want me to make any kind of statement because it shakes up you world.
Somehow, a lot of folks have convinced themselves that it is not a sin for women to temp men with their bodies. Well, it is a sin.
“What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.”
Maybe, I don't know what they do in their off time.
However, that video is not near as racy as you want to portray it as being, nor is there a 'pole-dancing' element.
There are bikinis, but actually, for a bikini, they cover up quite a bit. No thongs in other words
I just don't see it as a big deal, just wish I had the body and the ability to move like that.
Sometimes, activities are just for a season and for the fun of it. Not to be a professional.
Well, nobody online knows exactly where she lives, nobody knows her full name, her pictures are in the newspapers often, she never leaves our small town alone, she’s almost 17 years old (and in this part of the world that is one year from grown), so yes, I think it’s fine.
She is also a very very smart girl and has been well coached about how dangerous it can be out there and in cyberspace. Her activities online are monitored and her phone is checked regularly. Other than keep her in a locked room she is kept as safe as she can be and still be allowed to have a life.
Pedophiles and other trash are not just online.
Thanks! It looks like a very difficult pose to me but she works on her poses until she gets them. She’s like that with everything she does. She’s a junior in HS this year and all through HS she has maintained a 4.0 GPA and she takes all advanced classes, not the regular classes. I don’t know how she manages to keep her grades at a 4.0, do gymnastics and go to all the ballgames to perform in the color guard as captain but she does.
Keep them busy with activities they love and they don’t have as much time to get in trouble. :-)
It IS a difficult pose! A forearm stand requires a very strong upper body to support the weight, a consistently strong core, from upper body down to the hip flexors, and some measure of balance. Plus a heaping spoonful of confidence!
IF and I say IF I have it by Spring, I’ll count myself very lucky to have developed that much.
Not to mention, she is a lovely girl....
Thanks again! When I did gymnastics it was called Stunts & Tumbling. That tells you how long ago that was. LOL We encourage gymnastics because it keeps the body strong and she loves it. She is very competitive and this is perfect for her.
Good luck with your gymnastics! I’m sure you will accomplish what you set out to accomplish. You sound as dedicated as my granddaughter!
Nah, not gymnastics for me - yoga. Those are all yoga moves that this 50 year old body is trying to learn. I’m thinking it might have been easier if I had started say 30 years ago, but I started now, and that’s better than 20 years from now :)
I didn’t know you were 50. I’m 57 and I’m trying to do some simple yoga also. I did advanced yoga as a young adult but haven’t lately until I injured my sciatic nerve from a fall on ice. I landed on the small of my back and can barely walk at times due to the back pain, hip pain and sharp pains in my feet. I’m hoping the stretches will work because if they don’t it’s shots in the back. :-( I told the Doc that I would get back with him on the shots. He said my joints look great and he couldn’t find any age related arthritis so it’s just the back injury I have to deal with. Some days are good and some are bad.
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