Skip to comments.Holy Photoshop! LSU Erased Christian Football Fans' Crosses
Posted on 10/23/2012 9:09:07 AM PDT by marshmallow
A group of Louisiana State University football fans whose admiration for the Tigers is second only to their love for Jesus is outraged after the school digitally erased the tiny crosses they painted on their bare upper chests at a recent football game.
LSU officials sent out a photo of The Painted Posse, Christian students who paint their bodies with LSU school colors and small crosses for home games, in an email about the LSU game against South Carolina on Oct. 13. The students were shocked to see the photo, which appeared to be otherwise untouched, in the newsletter that went out following the Tigers' 23-21 win over the then-No. 3 Gamecocks. The Tigers are now 7-1 for the season.
I was a bit surprised, because our pictures get used so frequently, and the cross had never been edited before, Posse member Cameron Cooke told CampusReform.org. The cross painting is important to me because it represents who I am as a Christ follower.
And it reminds me who I need to act like in Death Valley, Cooke added, referring to Tiger Stadium's nickname.
School spokesman Herb Vincent told the site the school altered the image to prevent other students from being offended by the weekly Geaux-Mail newsletter.
"We don't want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out," the school said in a statement. "Only one of the students, who didn't appreciate it, actually contacted us about it. So next time, we'll just choose a different photo."
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“The future does not belong to those who insult Islam” — President Barack Hussein 0bama
Stalinism at its finest.
Actually what they did was bring attention to it. You’d have to look really close to see the Crosses - I couldn’t find them.
If they had GLBT instead, you think they would have edited the photo? No, they probably would have changed the story to emphasize the importance of GLBT in collegiate sports...
Orwell’s 1094 should be mandated as a requirement for voter registration, drivers liscenses, college entrance...pretty much everything.
If people refuse to learn actual world history, perhaps the fictional world we are almost completely at might wake them up.
Thats what I get for not wearing my glasses...
And how many contacted the school because they were "offended" and why are their rights to not be offended more important than the people who had the crosses painted on?
I had to put on my super reading glasses and only found one, second from the right above the “T” on the right.
I saw it finally. You really had to look for it. The other guys were turned so you only saw maybe the edge of the Cross and unless you knew what it was you’d miss it. I think that LSU messed up by Photoshoppin it out. It brought attention to it. Now they’re in for some ridicule and maybe alumni protests.
are they saying that if offended people contacted them, they would be sure to remove the offensive material?
what about all that homo and abortion propaganda that is offensive to many Christians? will they remove that?
i didn’t think so
Either way, they will win. Your cross is banned. And thanks for the enthusiastic support of the school.
I wonder if the students would have legal recourse in alteration of image and interference with freedom of religion against lsu? I’d like to see a legal foundation take up the cause.
The number one reason this stuff keeps happening is because individual perpetrators are seldom named. Publicize the name of the person who gave the order to airbrush out the crosses, and I doubt it will happen again.
Since when did we grant people a right not to be offended? That imposes one person’s sensibilities on someone else - in this case actually censoring their identity with mainstream religious beliefs. What ever happened to the freedoms expressed in the First Amendment? People should be “offended” at the censorship and outraged.
Biden stated that Syria was three times the size of Libya. And he is the so-called foreign policy expert.
Are they going to photoshop the hijab’s off the muslim girls and sketch in hair?
If the Students had a cresent moon...it wouldn’t be photoshopped...
The school is wrong.
This is our home, too.
We also live here!
At the LSU Alabama game there will be crosses worn all throughout the stands.
A Statement from the Painted Posse:
In light of the recent airbrushing of our crosses by LSU staff members and the discussion that has followed, the Painted Posse a group of Christian LSU students would like to thank the public for the outpouring of support both for the group and for Christ.
Please allow us to clear up some confusion and make certain that our ideals and intentions are not mi...sconstrued by individuals, members of the media, or the university that we love. The University has reached out to our group and apologized for this incident. The following statement should be considered the last such communication from any Posse member regarding the cross airbrushing incident. Collectively, we thank you for your understanding.
We, the members of the Painted Posse, do not agree with the Universitys recent decision to airbrush crosses out of the photo of some of our members. We also respect the opinions of those who do not agree with us. Despite what happened, our main focus is to represent Christ. This Christ is our Savior who died on a cross to save us from sin, was raised again, and now lives in our lives. Our goal as the Painted Posse is to portray Christ through our actions while cheering on our Tigers! Our group will return to our normal seats, with our normal, painted uniforms on November 3rd, wholeheartedly supporting our Tigers. We are humbled by the many who have shown support for our beliefs, but we would encourage all fellow members of the LSU family to please switch the focus from this story and the Posse to supporting our beloved university.
We encourage anyone who would like to honor Jesus Christ to join us by wearing a cross on November 3rd. We strongly discourage the wearing of a cross as a way to protest the university or its recent decision. We desire that no further negative light would be shone upon the university that we love. We acknowledge the efforts of the LSU administration and look forward to serving the university as both fans and students.
Lets unite all Tiger supporters as we prepare for the biggest game of the year. May we, as the LSU family, support our Tigers with all the fervor of the South Carolina game and much more! Bring. On. Bama.