LSU does not want Christian football fans… well, at least not ones who will admit it in public.

It was just this year that The Louisiana State University Law Review expressed concern that universities would begin to discriminate against Christians based on the Supreme Court Decision in “Christian Legal Society v. Martinez.” In this case, the Court upheld the policy of the University of California Hastings College of the Law, which required religious-based campus groups to accept into membership all students even if the individual rejected the core beliefs and values of the sponsoring group..  In Issue 72, Vol 4, La. L. Rev. 1055 (2012), Michael R. Denton writes,

“This is an environment of welcoming, so you should just get the hell out.”

The irony of the above statement is obvious. It is a tragedy, then, that the humor appears to have been lost on the Supreme Court of the United States. Now, a state law school’s policy that, under the guise of welcoming all comers, has told religious groups to effectively “get the hell out” has been given constitutional blessing…

Although it is debatable how far-reaching the effects of this decision will be, the Court’s reasoning puts many collegiate religious groups in jeopardy of being denied recognition by their universities. By placing religious groups in such a position, the Supreme Court has unwisely endangered the nature of a university as a marketplace of ideas.

Denton’s legal insight has taken shape at his own university where they are hard at work to remove any evidence of Christianity from the public square.  As reported on FOX News

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…

“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 “The cross painting is important to me because it represents who I am as a Christ follower.

“And it reminds me who I need to act like in Death Valley,” Cooke added, referring to Tiger Stadium’s nickname.

School spokesman Herb Vincent told the site the school altered the image to prevent other students from being offended by the weekly Geaux-Mail newsletter.

“We don’t want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out,” the school 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.”

Going forward, the school plans to steer clear of photos with religious overtones when it sends out emails promoting athletics.

To be clear, LSU has a Constitutional right to discriminate.  I am not contesting that right, but it is important for readers to understand the societal implication of decisions like this which seek to force Christians out of the public arena.  Regardless of whether they use Photoshop or not in the future, it is clear that LSU has enacted a policy of forced privatization against Christians. Louisiana State University has chosen NOT to be a marketplace of ideas, but instead decided that, “LSU is an environment of welcoming, so Christians should just get the hell out.”

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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