Sunday, October 21, 2012

University Strips Crosses from Students' Chests

A promotional photo from Louisiana State University to sell football tickets showed fans in a stadium setting, but the Christian crosses displayed by the students on their chests in the original photo were digitally removed for use in the university publication.
“[T]he crosses were edited out of the photos . . . [because] LSU Athletics attempts not to imply any particular religious or political message in any of its correspondence with fans.”
-- Herb Vincent, LSU Vice Chancellor for Communications
For background, read University Suspends Christian for Defending Marriage and also read Buffalo Univ. Favors Gays, Suspends Christian Organization

-- From "Louisiana State university embroiled in Cross controversy" posted at Guardian Express 10/19/12

The University admitted of removing the cross digitally stating that it acted within its rights to edit the photo. “We routinely edit photographs before publication”, Vice Chancellor of Communications Herb Vincent quoted by Campus Reform.

The students have expressed shock over the removal.

The students were part of a group called Painted Posse and the cross is painted on their bodies for every home game, as seen in this picture.

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Original photo:

Edited photo:

From "University officials stand by decision to digitally remove symbol of Christian cross off students" by Linnie Leavines, Campus Reform 10/19/12

The students, who are Christians, were shocked to see the photo which appeared to be otherwise untouched.

“I was a bit surprised, because our pictures get used so frequently, and the cross had never been edited before,” said Posse member Cameron Cooke in an interview with Campus Reform.

“The cross painting is important to me because it represents who I am as a Christ follower,” Cooke added, “and it reminds me who I need to act like in Death Valley.”

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Also read Federal Court Rules out Christian Beliefs at University as well as U.S. Supreme Court Forces Atheists into University Christian Clubs