Did Officials Go Too Far By Removing Crosses from Photo of LSU Football Fans?
School officials reportedly said the crosses were digitally removed from the photo to avoid the possibility of offending students of other religions.
According to Fox News, Lousiana State University officials sent out a photo of a group of football fans, known as the Painted Posse, in a campus email after the Tigers victory over South Carolina on Oct. 13. But before doing so, the school digitally removed small crosses that the students had painted on their bodies.
The Painted Posse is a group of Christian students, who often paint their bodies in the LSU school colors - and small crosses. The students are reported to be passionate about their Christianity - and LSU football. The students said they were surprised because they had often been photographed, but the crosses had never been removed before. A school spokesman, reportedly said the school altered the photo to prevent other students from being offended. He said the school did not want to imply it was making any religious statements.
The school has said only one of the Christian students objected to the crosses being air-brushed out. To avoid the problem in the future, however, a different photo would be chosen. They school is reported to have apologize to the group of Christian students though.
So is this another example of political correctness run amok? Or was the school right to remove any reference to any specific religion?