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Holy Photoshop! LSU Erased Christian Football Fans' Crosses
Fox News ^ | 10/22/12

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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TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: cross; crosses

1 posted on 10/23/2012 9:09:07 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

“The future does not belong to those who insult Islam” — President Barack Hussein 0bama


2 posted on 10/23/2012 9:12:37 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: marshmallow

Stalinism at its finest.


3 posted on 10/23/2012 9:19:28 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
"...the school altered the image..."

Wow. I didn't know a school could alter an image.
I would have thought that perhaps a person did that, maybe someone in the Communications Department, you know, at the explicit direction of an administrator... an administrator that wishes to remain anonymous.
4 posted on 10/23/2012 9:22:01 AM PDT by frankenMonkey
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To: marshmallow

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.


5 posted on 10/23/2012 9:22:20 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: marshmallow

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...


6 posted on 10/23/2012 9:22:20 AM PDT by Professional
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

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.


7 posted on 10/23/2012 9:22:55 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

“1984”

Thats what I get for not wearing my glasses...


8 posted on 10/23/2012 9:24:07 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: marshmallow
"Only one of the students, who didn't appreciate it, actually contacted us about it.

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?

9 posted on 10/23/2012 9:30:13 AM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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To: SkyDancer

I had to put on my super reading glasses and only found one, second from the right above the “T” on the right.


10 posted on 10/23/2012 9:33:06 AM PDT by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: marshmallow
Photos from a previous thread


11 posted on 10/23/2012 9:36:27 AM PDT by deport
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To: Not now, Not ever!

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.


12 posted on 10/23/2012 9:38:05 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica; marshmallow

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


13 posted on 10/23/2012 9:41:40 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: marshmallow
"So next time, we'll just choose a different photo."

Either way, they will win. Your cross is banned. And thanks for the enthusiastic support of the school.

14 posted on 10/23/2012 9:50:56 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: marshmallow

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.


15 posted on 10/23/2012 10:00:02 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: frankenMonkey
Wow. I didn't know a school could alter an image.

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.


16 posted on 10/23/2012 10:00:37 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: alancarp

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.


17 posted on 10/23/2012 10:03:05 AM PDT by marsh2
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To: marshmallow

Biden stated that Syria was three times the size of Libya. And he is the so-called foreign policy expert.


18 posted on 10/23/2012 11:02:07 AM PDT by Inkie
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To: marsh2

Are they going to photoshop the hijab’s off the muslim girls and sketch in hair?


19 posted on 10/23/2012 11:28:55 AM PDT by littleharbour
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To: marshmallow

If the Students had a cresent moon...it wouldn’t be photoshopped...


20 posted on 10/23/2012 11:40:06 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: marshmallow

The school is wrong.

This is our home, too.

We also live here!


21 posted on 10/23/2012 1:56:33 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

At the LSU Alabama game there will be crosses worn all throughout the stands.


22 posted on 10/24/2012 11:24:55 AM PDT by polkajello (Romney: The Lesser of Two Weasels)
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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 University’s 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.

Let’s 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.’


23 posted on 10/24/2012 11:27:23 AM PDT by polkajello (Romney: The Lesser of Two Weasels)
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To: deport

LSU Apologies for removing the crosses


24 posted on 10/24/2012 7:59:21 PM PDT by deport
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