SEC Football: God is not Good Enough for the LSU Tigers
It is looking like Tebowing is hated in more ways than one on the campus of the LSU Tigers.
In an underrepresented show of censorship, the LSU Media Relations Department sent out a photo of the well-known Christian Student Group The Painted Posse after digitally removing the crosses they have painted on their chests following the Tigers’ win over the South Carolina Gamecocks.
After some uproar and being called out on Fox News, LSU posted the following on its Facebook Page:
LSU sent out a promotional message on October 15 to its sports fans asking for feedback on their experience at the LSU-South Carolina game on October 13. In messages to sports fans we attempt to convey no religious or political messaging. We did not intend to offend anyone by the editing of this photograph and in the future we will use another photo rather than make a similar edit. We erred in our judgment and we have communicated our apologies to the group of young men represented in the photo whose school spirit is second to none.
School spokesperson Herb Vincent confirmed the image was altered as LSU did not want to offend anyone with the image of the cross.
“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 the website 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.”
But, LSU chose to favor the drunken debauchery and voodoo mystique that is swamps of Cajun Country as the events and images that represent SEC Football in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in this case.
“I knew from the second I was old enough to know that I was going to LSU,” another Posse member, Joel D’Aubin, told the local NBC affiliate. “And we all have a passion for LSU football and for Christ. Just being able to be that example every single Saturday is an awesome experience.”
So the question is simple LSU…
Which student do you want to feature on your recruiting visits…
The girl passed out in her own puke on the way into the stadium…
Or a group of rabid LSU fans all painted up showing their love for their faith in about a passive a way as you can get with a small cross stamped on their chest…
The college experience is a full one and it wouldn’t be college without those crazy game days, the fun parties and waking up a little embarrassed about what happened the night before.
Everyone is human and college is the time to make the mistakes and figure out where you stand in your faith.
No one should ever be judged on the amount of faith they have or on their lack of belief.
That’s not our job…
Guess LSU had to learn this the hard way.
M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru for Rant Sports.
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