This is a question that has bothered me for some time. In this age of political correctness, one would think that companies and organizations would go overboard NOT to offend ANYONE. But, that is simply not the case. Not only is political correctness selectively applied, it seems that none of these groups has any problem offending Christians.
As Fox News reports, the administrators at Louisiana State University are in hot water over an incident in which a Christian group's crosses were airbrushed out of a photograph.
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.
WLOX 13 did a story on the cross removal, and it's interesting what the administrator had to say:
Here's the original picture:
And here's what made it into the message sent by the university:
The comments by LSU's Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations Herb Vincent were quite perplexing. First, Vincent noted that airbrushing of photographs is done to improve the "overall quality" of the image.
Second, Vincent said, "When we sent out a communication to our sports fans, we don't like to send out any message that may be interpreted as a political message or religious message or anything like that so that's why the airbrushing was done on the photograph."
Hello! Vincent's actions sent both a political and religious message. Can't he or anyone else in the LSU leadership see that? The political message is that LSU, like so many other groups, will bow to the perceived pressure of political correctness. The religious message is that somehow Christianity is offensive. Do you think he realizes that The Painted Posse is a Christian organization?
So, it's apparently ok to offend Christians, all in the name of not offending some other religion. Can we get past this nonsense and back to some common sense?