Louisiana State University has created an uproar by digitally
erasing tiny crosses from a photo of the school's famous "Painted
Posse," a group of avid Christian students rooting for the LSU
Thousands of football fans across the country have expressed
their anger over LSU's decision to eliminate the crosses painted
over the students' hearts. Gene Mills of the Louisiana
Family Forum is an LSU alumnus and explains that the edit was
made in an e-mail about the game against South Carolina on October
13 to avoid the possibility of offending someone.
"The university has since issued an apology, but also issued an
edict that no religious symbols are welcome," Mills reports. "This
is a religious symbol-free zone now at LSU."
He says this is another example of political correctness run
"I think it's correcting a problem that doesn't exist and
creating problems formally and frankly that didn't exist before,"
the conservative offers. "So it's another example of Christianity
[being singled out], and particularly, its religious expressions
being silenced or somehow censored."
Regardless of the school's new policy, The Painted Posse plans
on wearing their crosses at future LSU football games.
Fox News describes the group as devout Tigers fans who are also
devout Christians. "They honor both passions every Saturday by
donning full-body paint, which includes a cross above their
hearts." Members of the group insist they are not angry with the
university's new policy, but do not plan to omit the cross in the