Arkansas State Removes Cross Decal From Helmets

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CBS Sports – Arkansas State will modify a cross decal on its helmet that after the school received a complaint.

The Red Wolves had been playing with a small white cross on the back of their helmets with the initials M.O. and B.W. on them. The initials honored Arkansas State player Markel Owens, who was murdered during a home invasion in January, and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who died in a car accident after the 2013 season.

The decision to use a cross was made by the coaches and players, but an attorney contacted the school and expressed concern about the school using a religious symbol on the helmets.

“I am 100 percent in support of our coaches’ and players’ expression of faith, as well as their choice to honor the two individuals associated with our team who passed away by voluntarily wearing a cross decal on the back of their helmets,” said Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir in a release. “Unfortunately, we have received a complaint that use of the cross violates the Constitutional prohibition against separation of church and state.

“After consulting with University counsel, we have been advised to either modify the decal or remove it completely. Thus, in order to ensure that we are in full compliance with Constitutional law, we will be modifying the decal to still honor the two individuals who are no longer with us.”

56 comments

  • MiddleAgedMan

    A million things wrong with this state and country and all pathetic people have to do is sit around and develop complaints about something done as a good gesture to two of their own who left this world extremely too soon. These worthless liberals should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Gottalaugh

    One crybaby trouble making group of people is making weak people roll over and do what they want. It is disgusting! It is time to start standing up for what the majority of we AMERICANS believe in.

  • Luvbug

    Seems everyone has forgotten that this country was founded on freedom of religion. You don’t hear the Christians complaining about symbols of other faiths being displayed. Just because a few people decided to honor a person with a cross does not mean they are trying to force the whole school to join in their belief. It’s stupid how far these intolerant trouble makers will go to get attention.

  • Mark Williams

    Interesting- if you have to ask and don’t know why it’s illegal I suggest you abstain from making ignorant uninformed comments.. It’s called the establishment clause.. Read it!! While you’re at it.. Reread the story.. It may take you 3-4 times to comprehend it but eventually you may understand.. The attorneys representing the university also agreed that it was constitutionally illegal as well.. These are the people that do this for a living in case you can’t figure that out either… Save your religious beliefs for Sunday school.. They don’t belong on the back of a tax payer provided helmet..

    • jerry chronister

      I agree religion needs to stay in church where it belongs it’s. Called the separation of church and state

  • Steve

    Mark who cares what’s illegal. The president himself has done too many illegal things to count. Maybe it should be right versus wrong

  • Mark Williams

    Steve- who cares what’s illegal?? Really….

    What is right vs wrong? I’m glad you brought this up.. It’s clearly wrong or the university wouldn’t have stepped in and removed the decals..I’m sure you’re a good Christian man but for those that aren’t they don’t want public/govt institutions endorsing a particular religion..you can have your opinion all you want but this is black and white..just like the greenwood schools this week.. They too will lose this battle.. Sorry we are not a Christian only country!!

  • Watson

    that’s about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. It had nothing to do with religion. It was a simple memorial. If you don’t like what is going on at a particular institution, don’t participate. If we are getting to the point that “religious symbols” are offensive, then maybe we should demolish most of the buildings in Washington, DC. They have scripture references, 10 Commandments, Moses etc. I guess the foundation of the USA had some principles similar to that of Christianity. That is not a bad principle to live by. It was our foundation. If you take away the foundation, the house will fall. We need an absolute authority to use as a standard for living. If we don’t, then anything goes. Maybe the cross with the initials was important to the people who went to school there. For someone to go there and complain about it and make the entire school change simply shows no respect.

  • Mark Williams

    If it was just a symbol then why a cross? Why did the university remove the decals? A cross doesn’t symbolize Christianity?? Who the hell are you trying to fool?? Why not a star or some other neutral symbol?? Or better yet.. How about a devil symbol? Would that be ok in your mind? You reference scriptures.. Are they from the Koran or the Bible?? Absolute authority to live by.. Who might that be?? Your god? There are thousands of “gods” out there but the one you happen to beleive in is the only valid one..what about the people born in India.. They are Hindus.. Is their god the “wrong” god? Religion is purely geographically based..if you were born in Iran you would be a Muslim..this religious nonsense is a joke..save it for Sunday school!!

    • MiddleAgedMan

      They remove them because of the crybabies like you who have nothing better to do than sit around trying to figure out ways to ruin the lives of other people (typical liberal) in the guise of “trying to help others”.

      • Mark Williams

        Middleagedmoron – they removed it because it’s illegal.. It’s called the establishment clause.. Why don’t you enlighten yourself and read it?? Try and comprehend it.. Or you can choose to ignore it and make yourself look more ignorant than you already have..

  • Hondo

    It is illegal??? Again, there is no place in the Constitution where there is separation from church and state. They had one complaint…how many compliments have you had? It is time this is taken to the higher court systems. We know how the Supreme Judge God Allmighty would rule on this matter. And there is a time when all will know this is true. This country has had separation of church and state too long. How is that working for us? Our country is in a big mess.

  • Mark Williams

    Hondo- it’s called the Establishment clause.. Read it.. Try and comprehend it.. We are not a Christian nation.. Get over it and save your religious nonsense for Sunday school!!

  • Rogers parent

    For all those who sit around and look for religious symbols so you can complain, I say, get a hobby. Also, please show respect for others’ religions and put a capital B on Bible. It is now allowed otherwise.
    A side note to those of you who believe you are helping these children by removing all signs of God from the schools. Understand that that is the reason for the violence we are seeing. Asking him not be in schools protecting your children, and asking your children to have no beliefs taught to them in school will get you exactly that. They will be unprotected from this world.

  • Steve

    The university only stepped in when someone who hates god asked them too. What about freedom of speech? You can wear what you want or say what you want just not on school property. But your small brain can’t comprehend this

    • Mark Williams

      Your small brain actually believes in god.. And the university stepped in because it’s illegal you idiot.. You can have all the freedoms of speech you want.. You can make yourself look as stupid as you want.. It’s humorous..the whole point is the uniform of a public institution is school property..what don’t you understand about this? Why don’t we just pray about this whole deal.. I bet that will make it go away..

  • Steve

    Freedom of speech. You can wear what you want and say what you want. Just not on school property. You don’t comprehend that? Your stupid

  • Johnny

    Steve. Do u really believe this garbage? There’s no heaven. Or he’ll or god. I Mean to think something after death. An undiscovered country from who’s bar. No traveling returns. It puzzles the will. It certainly would make one rather bear those wills you have rather than fly off to others they know not of. Any way save church for your time. Don’t bring it to school.

    • Mark Williams

      No I’m back.. As Johnny said in his comment.. I’m also through explaining it.. It’s illegal… Period.. There’s nothing left to discuss other than your ignorance and stupidity….

  • Steve

    My ignorance? I read the so called establishment clause and it never stated freedom from religion. It said freedom of religion . Let me ask you this then . Suppose my church was on fire. What your saying Is the public fire dept. should not put out the fire because it violates the law? This analogy? Seperation of church and state guess we would just burn

    • Johnny

      Had to tell u this one little fact. This does not violate the clause. Number one the dept has an obligation to protect the community that surrounds the church. Number 2 as long as all religions are treated the same way meaning that if u have a Christian church then an athiest gathering must be treated equally. Then the law is not violated. But you don’t understand because you choose to be dumb.

      • Mark Williams

        I don’t think he chooses to be dumb.. He is just dumb period.. His analogy of his make believe church burning was on par with that of a child..”congress shall make no law establishing a religion”.. You Jesus lovers can’t get past this..I’m not pushing a particular religion.. I’m advocating religious neutrality.. Unlike all you bible beaters.. Save it for private lives or your silly church..I don’t want to hear your stories about a man living inside a whale for 7 days..or how a woman was crafted from a mans rib bone.. I prefer to think rationally unlike you!!

      • Steve

        That makes no sense to me. When in fact you are dumber than I . I just want my freedom of religion which Is a first amendment right. You sick people and your athiest beliefs. Maybe you like arguing with truth johnny

    • Steve

      No I just believe in the freedom to express my beliefs.having A small cross does not push any beliefs on anyone. It’s not a symbol of religion or Christianity. It’s no symbol at all. Ttttttttt maybe we should ban the letter t from the alphabet . All it is is a cross.

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