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Why do organizations not care about offending Christians?

By Bobby Eberle

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?

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    October 22, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    I am both proud and at once humbled to be a Christian.

    Great is the Christian heritage and the ‘blessed hope’ of one day being with Christ forever!

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    • cwms2005Comment by cwms2005
      October 22, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

      I agree 100%. But as the article states, “Why are they not afraid to offend Christians?” I think the simple answer is retaliation. Their first thought is not lost sales, but physical confrontation. Christians are not easily offended and they know the Christian God (The only God) will take care of retribution himself, unlike a lowly god (Islam)who must demand the “Believers” take judgement. Secondly after they realize this mistake they soon realize that their revenues are down as there are simply too many other places to do business.

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      October 30, 2012 @ 11:27 am

      The larger question is why is it only Christians that are so hated, rejected and make fun of? Christians take the name of Christ. The name of Jesus Christ is hated and feared by all other religions because it is TRUTH. Any religious group can go anywhere in America and worship publicly except Christians. Christians are abused, hated, and rejected just as Christ was. I do often wish we Christian had a peaceful leader who would organize and defend our values much like Martin Luther King was a peaceful leader for the blacks, but I know it can not be done because our faith in what is hoped for can’t be seen by nonbelievers. We hold fast to our faith and to our Christ in surety of our future. Simply put, being a Christian is worth whatever we go through in the name of Christ. Christians, hold fast and pray often.

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  2. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    October 22, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Me thinks that my being an American is because others have given their life to save mine. I didn’t know hardly any of them but I believe they did it. They didn’t even know me but did it anyway. God went to the cross for everyone in the world and gave his life so that all my sins could be forgiven and a life forever with him. 1st Amendment protects the display of crosses like on the shirts but some don’t believe in the 1st Amendment. Soldiers gave their lives to protect that right for the non believers. Screwed up isn’t it ?
    In the end, what a person believes will depend on his future.

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    • primroseComment by primrose
      October 22, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

      It’s ok to go around with obscene pictures, tattoos, logos and sayings on your body/clothing, but don’t profess to be a Christian. This is proof positive that liberalism starts out as a creeping disease and it takes over before you realize it. If the founders had been of this mindset, this nation would never have become the greatest nation on earth. That doesn’t mean we can’t fail, just as many other nations have when they turned from Godly/spiritual ways.

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    • seabeebobmu2Comment by seabeebobmu2
      October 22, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

      In your closing statement, I think it better written as “What a person believes will prove to be his or her future.” I got your drift though. Very well written and thought out as usual.

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    • bob8585Comment by Robert
      October 23, 2012 @ 8:22 am

      History shows that when the Jews turned their back on GOD, their nation and peoples suffered for it. I believe this is what is going on here in America.

      A nation that turns it’s back on GOD will suffer. And GOD forgive us we need to return to GOD’S laws and CHRIST’S teachings.

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  3. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    October 22, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Did not Jesus tell us that the world will hate us, because they hated me first? You can talk about God all you want, but if you talk about Jesus or his work on the cross, that is another matter and cannot be tolerated by the world. We have been warned about these times that we see now by many of the scriptures. Stay strong in your faith in Christ Jesus, because you know that he wins in the end.

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  4. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    October 22, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    For those on here who are non believers, I can assure you that we Christians are not trying to be In-your-face-Christians, or as some would say, trying to shove our faith down yours or anyone else’s throats. May seem that way but that is all. We talk about it because we love it. You love something you are proud of it and like to share it. Really…could anyone shove their faith down your throat ? See, we know it doesn’t work. If God can’t and won’t force you to love him, it is safe to assume that we can’t either.

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    • buckeeComment by buckee
      October 22, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

      The Secularists, whose religion is Leftism, and whose “Bible” is really PC dogma, are trying to strong-arm politicians and judges to rule in favor of their intolerant view of what is expressed in the public sphere. These tyrants want to define what can be expressed. And it IS religious expression which you have correctly stated vs. oppression and a blatant disregard for the 2nd amendment. This is achieved by incremental subversion of values. Of course this is not stated outright in PC, that would be foolish, but it’s in the doctrine of the Frankfurt School. Look it up, folks.

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    • buckeeComment by buckee
      October 22, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

      Sorry, I meant the 1st amendment. But don’t worry, they’ll get around to the 2nd one too.

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  5. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    October 22, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    It really is not hard to understand at all. That is the big problem with “political correctness”–that is only a tool to enforce thought control and restrictions on free speech by intimidation–a tactic frequently employed by lef-twing radicals, who are anti-God and anti-Christian, hence they do not hesitate to bash Christians at every opportunity.

    Communists, Nazis and other left-wing “isms” must be TERRIFIED of God, because one of the FIRST things they always do is try to shut him out and stop people from worshiping Him.

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    • VickiComment by Vicki
      October 22, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

      “Communists, Nazis and other left-wing “isms” must be TERRIFIED of God, because one of the FIRST things they always do is try to shut him out and stop people from worshiping Him.”

      That’s cause they don’t want people worshiping anyone but the party leadership. They want you to believe that they are the top tier.

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    • ptbaaComment by ptbaa
      October 22, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

      Does anybody remember, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

      Congress shall make no law… because the right to the free exercise of our religion, our freedom of speech, of the press, our right to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances all were NOT SUBJECT to having any lien or encumbrance placed upon them by the government! They were un-a-lien-able, not in-alien-able.

      But modern day leftists cannot tolerate free exercise of religion if it is Christian! Anything else, no problem. You want to worship your belly button, go right ahead. You want to behead infidels and Jews, go right ahead. But, you want to worship the One who claimed to be the Creator who loved us and gave Himself for us even when we were His enemies? Whoa! that’s not politically correct so you must stop that, immediately!

      But take heart, one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God, the Father.

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  6. Johnny PatComment by Johnny Pat
    October 22, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    We can debate PC and the persecution of Christianity but we cannot debate that those who do so are tools of the Devil and will never be in the presence of God. Pray for them that they may see the evil of their ways before being called to eternal damnation.

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  7. roadkingdudeComment by roadkingdude
    October 22, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    This war on Christianity is so widespread that it would be comical if it wasn’t so tragic. Last night on Nick At Nite I saw something that I never would have thought I’d see in my lifetime as an American. It was shameful. On Nick At Nite they were showing the movie Stand By Me.At the end of the movie in the final scene Richard Dreyfus is sitting at his computer finishing up the last lines of his novel. In the movie the last sentence was “I never had any friends later on like the ones I did was when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”. I remember seeing the movie over the years and always remembered that final sentence. Last night while watching it on Nick…they blatantly blacked out the name “Jesus”. I couldn’t believe it. There is a war on the Christian faith in this country on an epic scale.I’m not saying to boycott Nick At Nite…but I for one will never watch it again.

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    • colnunnComment by colnunn
      October 22, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

      I think they simply blotted out a blasphemy. That’s another thing that’s allowed – using the name of Christ as a swear-word. So long as it’s against Christ it’s ok. I think they SHOULD blank out the word ‘Jesus’ when used wrongly.

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  8. David in MAComment by David in MA
    October 22, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    “Why do organizations not care about offending Christians?”

    Because the truth is: The devil is making them do it!

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  9. wumingrenComment by wumingren
    October 22, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Can anyone imagine if four guys painted themselves up and put the Arabic words for “god is great” on their chests that anyone would have airbrushed those words out? CAIR and the ACLU would be all over it. How about if the four guys had put the Star of David on their chests? No airbrushing there either, or the Jewish ADL and the ACLU would be all over it. I suppose that if four Buddhists were to put their symbol on their chests, it would get airbrushed, not because it is a religious symbol but because the bozos would have mistaken it for the Nazi swastika.

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    • Tonto (USA)Comment by Tonto (USA)
      October 22, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

      Saul Alinsky’s playbook (required reading for the left) says that you denegrate your target and in so doing you destroy the respect they actually have coming as worthy human beings. This has been the FOCUS of the left for many years….they want to replace God with the state….the state as the all powerful, omnipotent entity in people’s lives is part of the absolute control the left requires.

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  10. librabobComment by librabob
    October 22, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    I believe this movement goes well beyond just a war on Christmas, it’s actually a war on everything valued by the silent majority in this country. This war has been initiated by progressive liberals who loathe everything good about America. If you are white, or Christian, or conservative, or anti-abortion, or anti-gay marriage, or anti-socialism, or pro-gun ownership, then your traditional values are being targeted for extinction. It has been happening for decades but greatly intensified under 4 years of the Obama administration.

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  11. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    October 22, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    From where I sit, it takes a special kind of STOOPID to paint yourself up to promote and “worship” a “religion” that is sworn and duty bound to KILL YOU. Do you think the Muslims would cut these idiots any slack when they started beheading us infidels? I think not. That is why I say this lot is not only Godless, but CLUELESS.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      October 22, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

      Sorry – I misunderstood the story. I read something else on here and got my wires crossed about what was going on. But the people that are saying here that if these kids HAD painted the Arab words for “God is great” on their faces and THAT had been censored out, then there would have been a great outcry of censorship, and that is certainly true. It is truly sad how far down the road to Godless atheism and totalitarian control we have traveled since that lying Communist POSER lied his way into the White House.

      I guess everybody in America thought if the Communists came they would come with guns blazing and banners waving. I’m sure the American public did not expect them to lie their way into the White House. We should have been more vigilant. Quite a few of us could see what was going on early in his campaign–but the zombies were out in force, aided and abetted by the Mainstream Media and determined to elect this amoral, lying POSER as President, and all we could do was sit and watch in horror as they did just that. Our votes were too little and too late to stop it from happening. Pray God that is not the case in THIS election. If, indeed, it actually happens. If the Communists/Muslims/media/lefties see he can’t win another term, I’m not sure there will BE another election. After all the scheming and lying they’ve done to get him in power, I don’t know if a little thing like an election will be enough to convince them to step down.

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  12. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    October 22, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    Please disregard – posted in error

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  13. Allen SComment by Allen S
    October 22, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    Those who reject Christ are afraid of having interferers in their lives. There is great lack of authority orientation in our world today. The Word of God is our authority and arrogance does not want to accept His authority. They choose the relative over the absolute doctrines from the Word of God. They chose the here and now rather than the eternal life. Their pursuit of the details of life is more important than an eternal future. They choose their own ideas instead of God’s way. Many people make excuses like “I don’t believe in God, I don’t see God, I don’t rationally understand how a God could exist, I am an evolutionist or a pantheist or a Buddhist or there is no God”. Those are excuses; they are not the reasons. The reason for people rejecting the way of salvation is because they simply don’t want interference in their lives. What a terrible trade out that is. A few years of earthly pleasure of doing it your own way and rejecting the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and take the 70 or 80 years of your life and compare it to eternity. The details of life are more important than an eternal future. What kind of fools are they? It is simply about them, nothing else.

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  14. middlegroundComment by middleground
    October 22, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    Christians teach compassion and love for your neighbor. To many this is considered weakness and many if not the majority of societies admire strength and despise weakness.

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  16. neonbudComment by neonbud
    October 22, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Years ago Christians were never mocked in the USA. I think the Progressives (communist) in Government wanted to get rid of Christians because Christianity was weaved throughout our Constitution. They really wanted to get rid of the Constitution but that would be too hard since Christianity was the most important part of the Constitution and there were a lot of Christians. The Progressives would start corrupting Christians by first removing our right to pray in schools in the 1960’s. Progressives would than corrupt more of the Christians by their Progressive campaign to give people the right to abortion’s in 1970’s. Progressives knew they could change Christianity by changing and chipping away at their belief system. Progressives knew once they turned the Media and masses (the Government Machine) on the Christians in these last few years it would only be in a short period of time they could get rid of the Constitution. Less and less people would be religious because they corrupted them. I really think they wanted to get that done under Obama and he worked hard towards that by complaining about the constitution. But,I think Obama was just one term too early, at least I am hoping that. Sell your soul lose your freedom….become a slave. Looks like they underestimated how many Christians there are today! I would say the elder Christians have saved the day if Romney becomes our next President.

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  17. nohateComment by nohate
    October 23, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    It’s not a religious school. Whats the problem?

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    • gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
      November 1, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

      Choice, Freedom and Rights!

      Everything the Liberals say they espouse; until – a Conservative or Religious person exercises a choice, a freedom or a right!

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  18. KAHR50Comment by KAHR50
    October 23, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    They ‘offend’ us because we are not offended.

    We forgive. We accept. We love. We believe in just retribution by the only source of true justice – God.

    What we do not do is riot and kill people like savages when you ‘offend’ us.

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    • randphillComment by randphill
      October 23, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

      It is not us this kind of thing offends, but Christ himself. We are not to defend ourselves, but I’m baffled about why we think we are not to stand up for the name of Jesus. We labor under the false impression that we are following Jesus in forgiving an offense before there is repentance. When Jesus himself encountered offenses against God, his reaction wasn’t to mealymouthed forgive them; He braided a whip and put it to good use. We would do well to follow His true example.

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  19. diksumComment by diksum
    October 24, 2012 @ 6:26 am

    “can we get past this nonsense and back to some common sense?”

    Common sense? Not enough people have it to make it common.

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