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Christian football fans outraged after LSU airbrushes out crosses painted on their chests

The Painted Posse attend every Tigers game with their bare chests painted with the team's colours - yellow and purple - with a small cross added above their hearts.

 

The Painted Posse are Christian football fans who attend every home game at the Louisiana college with their chests painted with the school’s colours and a small cross above their hearts. But in an email to the university’s students, LSU edited the cross out on each of the supporters’ chests so as not to offend others. Some students are calling for a campus-wide protest.

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:12:29 EST, 22  October 2012| UPDATED:15:33 EST, 22 October 2012

A group of Christian football fans at  Louisiana State University has been left outraged after the college airbrushed  out crosses painted on their chests in a picture it emailed to  students.

The ‘Painted Posse’ attends every Tigers home  game with their bare chests painted with the team’s colours – yellow and purple  – with a small cross added above their hearts.

But in an email about the LSU game against  South Carolina on October 13, the college included the picture but digitally  erased the cross. The photo was otherwise untouched.

Fans: The Painted Posse at Louisiana State University is a group of Christian football fans who paint their bodies with the school colours and include a small cross above their heartsFans: The Painted Posse at Louisiana State University is  a group of Christian football fans who paint their bodies with the school  colours and include a small cross above their hearts

‘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.’

The university stood by its decision, which  had been taken so as not to offend other students.

‘We don’t want to imply we are making  any  religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out,’ LSU said in a  statement.

‘Only one of the students, who didn’t  appreciate it, actually contacted us about it. So next time, we’ll just  choose  a different photo.’

Controversial: But in a university email featuring the same picture, the crosses had been airbrushed outControversial: But in a university email featuring the  same picture, the crosses had been airbrushed out

The Painted Posse, which formed in 2003, are  defined by their love of the Tigers and Christian teachings. They have become a  fixture of the games, even featuring on national sports broadcasts.

‘I knew from the second I was old enough to  know that I was going to LSU,’ Joel D’Aubin told NBC33.  ‘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.’

Fellow member Cooke added: ‘Without the cross  being there, we’re  missing part of us.

‘Matthew (5:14) says, “you are the light of  the world, you’re a city on a hill that’s not to be hidden”. So to  take away  part of what we represent, take away the cross, is kinda like  taking away who  we are.’

Eye-catching: The painted fans have featured on national sports broadcasts including ESPNEye-catching: The painted fans have featured on national  sports broadcasts including ESPN

Top: LSU, which has one of the top ranked college football teams in the country, in in Baton Rouge, LouisianaTop: LSU, which has one of the top ranked college  football teams in the country, in in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

But they said that the Posse is not angry at  the university and does not expect anything from it.

‘We’re going to be there game in, game out,’  D’Aubin said. ‘We love Christ; we love LSU.’

But fellow fan  Paula Jones Bergeron urged others to take a stand against the university’s  decision by dressing in school colours and large crosses.

‘The media will be everywhere and my goal is  to have a campus of crosses,’ she said.

Another fan, Laura Daily Hanuaer, simply  added: ‘They  may have Photo Shopped the cross of your bodies but not out of your hearts!!  Keep having fun boys!!!’

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