Out, but not down

Why was a college so scared of Christian imagery?

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Can you imagine an American institution in this day and age removing signs of a person’s religion – from his or her own body – to avoid offending others?

Well, you probably can imagine it, if the religion in question is Christianity. It seems to be the only religion capable of offending people just by being visible!

Officials at Louisiana State University recently did just that, outrageously enough.

In the school’s weekly newsletter, they distributed a photograph of some fervent, body-painted football fans known as the “Painted Posse” – but not before using a computer to digitally remove painted crosses from the students’ bare chests.

“The cross painting is important to me because it represents who I am as a Christ follower,” one of the pictured students said.

“We don’t want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out,” the school explained in a written statement.

What a crock! Can you imagine the school air-brushing out, oh, say, a Muslim woman’s hijab, so as not to offend non-Muslims?

Why is the mere visible presence of a Christian so intimidating and offensive?

The fact is, the effort to blot out Christian imagery is, itself, highly offensive. It’s offensive to Christians, certainly – but it ought to be alarming to anyone with any sort of religious beliefs. It could be you next.

Then again, Christians are such a ripe and docile target for special treatment.

“Heaven forbid someone might be offended by the sign of a cross,” one commenter wrote on a news website, “but let us not worry about offending all the Christians who don’t appreciate the unnecessary removal of the crosses.”

“Once again, Christians are the only ones that can be offended and it is perfectly OK. But we have to be careful and not offend anyone else,” wrote another.

“I guess if the young men were orthodox Jews you would have air brushed their beards and religious head coverings,” wrote yet another.

The school ultimately admitted it was a mistake. But now it says it just wants to avoid using photos with any religious imagery whatsoever. So now they’re basically air brushing the rest of the posse.

That may become more difficult. While the Painted Posse students aren’t holding a grudge at all, supporters are urging fans to wear crosses to the Nov. 3 game against Alabama – which will attract national eyes.

You can airbrush a good man out, but you can’t keep him down.

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Techfan
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Techfan 10/29/12 - 04:35 am
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Another editorial ripped

Another editorial ripped (borrowed, stolen, taken) from Faux News headlines. Faux, and evidently now the AC, appear to be warming up to get started on their imaginary "War on Christmas" diatribes a little early this year.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/29/12 - 05:29 am
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Gee Techfan-Maybe this wasn't

Gee Techfan-Maybe this wasn't ripped, borrowed, stolen or taken from Fox News but the ACES might actually consider it news worth commenting about. It is interesting that you didn't seem concerned when "main stream" reporters were coordinating their questions to Romney.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 10/29/12 - 06:46 am
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its always wrong to the left

its always wrong to the left when they are exposed for being intolerant and hateful...as the words of obumler..bush did it...never take responsibility ..always blame...and then lie about it..just look at obumlers campaigh

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/29/12 - 06:47 am
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A Newspaper is Not a Reality Show

The editors of that school paper have been watching too much reality TV where they blur out brand logos, license numbers and faces of bystanders.

Jane18
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Jane18 10/29/12 - 07:55 am
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The Real War

Okay Techfan, let's call it what it really is. How about the War on Christians? Being a Christian is the last thing the politically correct, the ACLU(Anti Christian Liberties Union), a certain religion, and politicians can attack. Our education(schools), our commerce, politics have been attacked and ruined already, the only thing left is our belief in GOD. But, that will stand, and it will because no one can take that from us! Just leave us alone, and you and the others like you continue on your merry little ways.................

DanK
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DanK 10/29/12 - 08:45 am
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You are right. They should

You are right. They should not have air-brushed the photo. They should never have posted it to begin with. There are plenty of other fans whose pictures could have been used instead.

But tell me, if they had air-brushed out a swastika, would you have been equally outraged? Or a Hammer & Sicle? Or a Star of David? Or a Humanist Happy Human? Or a Darwinian fish with feet?

Yea, I thought not.

burninater
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burninater 10/29/12 - 09:00 am
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I'm certain I'm not the only

I'm certain I'm not the only person who understands the difference between sacred attire such as the hajib, orthodox beard and headcovering, and clerical collar, vs body painting your chest at a football game and calling yourself the Painted Posse.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/29/12 - 09:13 am
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Surely,
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this can't be yet another EXAMPLE of the double standard athiests like obama toss around? The problem we conservatives have is bringing a butter knife to an atomic war.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/29/12 - 09:30 am
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So burninater, are you saying

So burninater, are you saying that the symbol of the cross (no matter what the symbol is made of...paint, steel, gold, silver, embroidered, tattooed, crayon, ink, etc) is not sacred attire for a Christian?

When I wear a cross whether it is a piece of jewelry, on a book mark, clothing, book bag, etc.....it is a constant and very sacred reminder to me of the sacrifice my God made for me and that He loves me. I'm sure the body paint on this man's chest was just as symbolic and sacred to his witness and to him as a hajib, orthodox beard, or head covering.....

Just because you do not view it as sacred does not mean it is not sacred to someone else.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/29/12 - 09:54 am
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So if they had painted vote

So if they had painted vote for Barack or Mitt, or a muslim symbol, or a gay pride sign all would have been equally removed. I think not. I thought we were suppose to celibrate diversity and the freedom of religions-not from them.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/29/12 - 10:06 am
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Leftists don't support human rights or the 1st Amendment

No matter what they say, they don't want freedom of expression unless the expression lines up with their own relativistic morality and mush-headed reasoning.

Christianity teaches that some behaviors are wrong. Lefties and other immature humans simply refuse to be told "no" about anything. They are laws unto themselves, just like toddlers are.

They shout "Where's the love?", yet they have no clue what love actually is. We live in a nation awash with emotion and decisions based on feelings instead of good reasoning. And we are paying the price--along with looking like prize idiots to the rest of the world. We have lots of company, however, with France, the UK and Italy. Nanny states all.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 10/29/12 - 10:11 am
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Pseudodiversity

In a truly diverse world, all sorts of religious symbols would be tolerated, Christian ones included. When religious symbols must be blotted out for fear of causing offense, there is little or no diversity, only political correctness. That's what LSU is coming to, and it may foreshadow what our society will be like when today's college students become tomorrow's leaders.

LSU has confused toleration with acceptance; consequently, the editors of its weekly newspaper think students can't put up with the display of any religious symbol they don't accept and appreciate. Under the Constitution with its Bill of Rights, we're supposed to respect people's right to practice the religion of their choice, even though we may consider their religions foolish.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/29/12 - 10:19 am
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Techfan, did this happen or

Techfan, did this happen or didn't it? Seems like it did happen so what is "faux" about it? FOX reports, we decide. Thank goodness for a least ONE "fulll service" media outlet.

pearlthesquirrel
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pearlthesquirrel 10/29/12 - 12:32 pm
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Here we go again...
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Oh yea, where else would you see such a ballyhoo about religion in the United States, uh, excuse me, in the the world, uh, excuse me, in the galaxy, ah heck, in the universe, but from the all-time most conservative newsrag ever - The Augusta Chronicle, uh, excuse me, the Augusta Comical, uh, excuse me, The Bible 2.0. Everyday The Comical keeps fertilizing the brainless, neophyte, automatons with this junk. I keep being amused by the religious and there non-stop bickering about being "marginalized" or being "forced to the sidelines" by secularists / humanists. That's funny because my CSRA phone book yellow pages list 292 churches over 5 1/4 pages.....marginalized? - yea, right, tell me about it, would ya'? The next thing I know the religious will be telling me that evolution is "just a theory" or "judgement day is coming" (although the end times have been coming since the beginning of time -duh!). Wait a minute, didn't U.S. Representative Paul Broun M.D. just tell us - and by us I mean "you people" - that "evolution is a lie from the pits of hell." ? Why yes he did! So, I contacted him via e-mail and offered him my "$5,000 evolution is true and factual" bet/challenge. Geez Louise, that was two weeks ago and you think he could have gotten back to me by now - don't you think? And you do know he sits on the House Committee for Science, Space & Technology - you do know that - don't you? I mean, he might come out next week and say: "We never landed on the moon and it was all filmed on a Hollywood studio lot!" But I don't want anybody to feel left out - so - anyone on here that wants a piece of my $5,000 bet.....just get a hold of me, will ya? But I digress.
Just a couple of jacked-up college kids with too much Mogan David 20/20 in their duodenum, pylorus, and/or jejunum.

Prediction: Within 250 years, science will all but eradicate religion(s) with it's understanding and explanation(s) for this universe.

whyme
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whyme 10/29/12 - 12:35 pm
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fair is fair

I've commented on this topic before, and even more specifically, as a Catholic who has found it "interesting" that Heaven forbid we would offend a particular religious, social, or cultural group and we'd better kiss their feet to make up for it from now until Kingdom come. But make fun of Catholics? Go for it! Dress up like pregnant nuns for Halloween! Wear rosary beads as jewelry! Obligate us to provide insurance coverage for your birth control/abortion needs! So these things go against our traditions and values-so what? Deal with it, you tell us. You have rights! And as Catholics, Christians, Americans, we don't? Fair is definitely not fair...but it needs to be...

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/29/12 - 02:54 pm
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Romney don't have no crosses?
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Look it up. Billy and Franklin Graham cannot make him a Christian. Mormons do not believe in the single sacrifice for sin accomplished by Jesus Christ. All must die for their own sins. Everyone is a "god man".

Jehovah's Witness's even bowed to "political pressure" and claimed that they are now Christians. From their doctrine, "fools who believe in old men's fables about a triune god". "The body of Jesus became no more that residue and gases after decomposition as with any mortal.".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/29/12 - 02:56 pm
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Remember the old vampire movies
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where the vampires were turned to asses at the sight of The Cross. Evil destroyed by the symbol of the Good News. And the vampires loved the dark and the light destroyed them as well. Evil doers are still saying, don't let the light in on our evil deeds.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/29/12 - 03:20 pm
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Funny techfan, I didn't know
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Funny techfan, I didn't know that once one outlet reported something that it was off limits to all others. I guess you should stop ripping, borrowing, stealling, or taking all the links that you so frequently post.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/29/12 - 03:25 pm
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Dicotomy....I think some see
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Dicotomy....I think some see themselves as "clever" for calling Fox "faux." I doubt they even know that it's pronounced "FO."

Nomaninthesky
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Nomaninthesky 10/30/12 - 10:20 am
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Faux (false) news

The reason fox is called faux news is because what they report is misleading and false. This is why fox news is not shown in canada.
Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast ... any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. As a result of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage, including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987. Political dialogue in Canada is marked by civility, modesty, honesty, collegiality, and idealism that have pretty much disappeared on the US airwaves. When Stephen Harper moved to abolish the anti-lying provision of the Radio Act, Canadians rose up to oppose him fearing that their tradition of honest non-partisan news would be replaced by the toxic, overtly partisan, biased and dishonest news coverage familiar to American citizens who listen to Fox News and talk radio. Harper's proposal was timed to facilitate the launch of a new right-wing network, "Sun TV News" which Canadians call "Fox News North."

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