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Can a Good Christian Girl Be a Cheerleader?
The Christian Diarist ^ | September 1, 2012 | JP

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 “experts”expect 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 squad’s 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 didn’t 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 Ariann’s “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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Religion; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: arianndenison; cheerleaders; christian; football
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Your post was off on a tangent about what was in the minds of folks looking at the cheerleader.

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!

101 posted on 09/02/2012 4:57:49 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: MD Expat in PA
No. It is in reality, your world that is very small. I really feel sorry for you, and “bless your heart” BTW; living in such a narrow and hate filled world where you go out of your way to demonize all highshcool cheerleaders as sluts and all high school athletes as drug addicts.

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.

102 posted on 09/02/2012 5:53:28 PM PDT by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: Gabz

I’m happy for you, while it lasts.


103 posted on 09/02/2012 5:54:45 PM PDT by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: donna

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.


104 posted on 09/02/2012 10:30:17 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz
The start of football season prompted me to visit several sports websites to get an idea of how the putative “experts”expect my favorite college and NFL teams to fare this year.

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. `

105 posted on 09/02/2012 10:53:33 PM PDT by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: donna
Sorry darlin' - here is your comment to which I was replying:

Have you been to a high school football game recently? The cheerleaders don’t 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?

106 posted on 09/02/2012 11:27:27 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz
Why are you making this about me? That's so crazy.

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.

107 posted on 09/03/2012 10:38:00 AM PDT by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: donna

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.


108 posted on 09/03/2012 1:07:33 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Just read the article and then watch this video of what cheerleaders do:

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIfbghHdG1s

It’s time for you to learn something.


109 posted on 09/03/2012 2:35:38 PM PDT by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Even Jesus can’t Save a cheerleader.


110 posted on 09/03/2012 2:40:05 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: donna

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.


111 posted on 09/03/2012 3:22:17 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Apple Blossom

ping.


112 posted on 09/03/2012 3:37:24 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Gabz

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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W4aLIlHGTo


113 posted on 09/03/2012 3:56:56 PM PDT by donna (Imagine women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: donna

Odd is my middle name.


114 posted on 09/03/2012 4:54:52 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

I guess this means you’re done yelling at me for expressing my opinion and providing examples to back it up?


115 posted on 09/03/2012 5:07:49 PM PDT by donna (Imagine women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Unmarried Christian women are instructed how to conduct themselves in 1 Corinthians 7:34.

" . . . 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.

116 posted on 09/03/2012 5:22:06 PM PDT by John Leland 1789
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To: donna

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.


117 posted on 09/03/2012 5:22:21 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Melinda in TN

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.


118 posted on 09/03/2012 5:24:41 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Melinda in TN

Do you really think it’s wise to post photos of your granddaughter online?


119 posted on 09/03/2012 5:32:10 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: donna; Gabz; SoftballMominVA
Here, you and your crying daughter should watch this pole dancing-like video and tell me if you think these are good Christian girls

If you think this is “pole dancing”, it’s pretty obvious to me that you’ve never seen actual pole dancing.

BTW, here is a video from my local high school’s cheer leading team in a county wide competition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKq2EhzRDLk

Oh those slutty girls. Their bare knees and naked ankles are showing. / s

120 posted on 09/03/2012 5:44:40 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: SoftballMominVA

Are they good Christian girls?


121 posted on 09/03/2012 5:47:06 PM PDT by donna (Imagine women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: MD Expat in PA

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.


122 posted on 09/03/2012 5:58:01 PM PDT by donna (Imagine women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: donna
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?

Or


123 posted on 09/03/2012 6:23:22 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA; Slings and Arrows; a fool in paradise

GUILTY, NOT GUILTY, GUILTY!


124 posted on 09/03/2012 6:27:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!
I think the one on the right is hot.

5.56mm

125 posted on 09/03/2012 6:33:52 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe

Our right or their right?


126 posted on 09/03/2012 6:34:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Yes

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


127 posted on 09/03/2012 6:43:43 PM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: MD Expat in PA

How does that have anything to do with my post?


128 posted on 09/03/2012 6:47:07 PM PDT by donna (Imagine women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: wardaddy

Would your mom make this video?

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIfbghHdG1s


129 posted on 09/03/2012 6:59:58 PM PDT by donna (Imagine women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Our right of course. Come on, you can tell which one I was talking about. She's the best of the bunch, the apple of the ayatollah's eye.

5.56mm

130 posted on 09/03/2012 7:09:56 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: donna

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.


131 posted on 09/03/2012 7:17:44 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: donna; dixiechick2000; Squantos

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


132 posted on 09/03/2012 10:03:23 PM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: donna
I must confess that unless I missed something I sure was not offended by that video...inspired actually.

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

133 posted on 09/03/2012 10:11:00 PM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: wardaddy; CHRISTIAN DIARIST

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.


134 posted on 09/03/2012 11:52:16 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: Gabz

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.

Matthew 18:7
“What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.”


135 posted on 09/04/2012 12:41:21 AM PDT by donna (Imagine women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: donna
Are they good Christian girls?

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.

136 posted on 09/04/2012 4:23:04 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: donna
Plus, should the goal be to become professional cheerleaders?

Sometimes, activities are just for a season and for the fun of it. Not to be a professional.

137 posted on 09/04/2012 4:24:29 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Rebelbase

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.


138 posted on 09/04/2012 5:40:03 AM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: SoftballMominVA

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. :-)


139 posted on 09/04/2012 5:54:02 AM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: Melinda in TN

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....


140 posted on 09/04/2012 6:10:01 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: SoftballMominVA

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!


141 posted on 09/04/2012 6:40:58 AM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: Melinda in TN

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 :)


142 posted on 09/04/2012 7:28:37 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: SoftballMominVA

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.


143 posted on 09/04/2012 9:19:23 AM PDT by Melinda in TN
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