Thursday, September 11, 2014

What price football at Arkansas State University?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: The ASU helmet cross.
  • GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: The ASU helmet cross.

click to enlarge 'NOT HAPPY': ASU Athletic Director Terry Mohajir on cross decal removal.
  • 'NOT HAPPY': ASU Athletic Director Terry Mohajir on cross decal removal.
Terry Mohajir, the athletic director at Arkansas State University, has not covered himself in glory in response to the matter of Christian crosses being made a part of uniforms of the ASU football team this year.

As reported yesterday: Complaints were made and the university legal counsel advised the athletic department that crosses should be removed as helmet decals. They were part of a memorial tribute to a former player and equipment manager, who will still be memorialized by initials on each helmet.

Mohajir is put out about it. He appeared on The Buzz this morning, to whip up the yokels who listen there and happily chomp at bait thrown by yokels like David Bazzel. He, his coaches and his players are "not happy" about the decision, Mohajir said. "But we will obey the law."

Got it? The well-paid chief executive of a multi-million-dollar department financed by public tax money is grudgingly willing to obey the law, otherwise known as the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Consttution. But he is NOT happy about it.

This is a classic no-brainer, though brains were apparently in short supply at ASU until some images of the cross-bedecked team appeared on national television and some people with brains saw them.

How stupid do you have to be to understand that the defining symbol of one — ONE — of the world's major religions (and not the dominant one) should not be made a part of uniform dress at a publicly financed institution? How hard is it to understand that this is a clear establishment of religion by a public institution?

Football — and Christianity — conquer all in these parts, of course. The radio bozos are working up players to raise an insurrection. They seem to want to encourage them to scrawl crosses, Bible verses and other such on themselves. Fine. I believe the companies that underwrite college football gear don't like people messing with their carefully designed packages, however, so tats and adhesive tape messages are better advised than uniform alteration. And by all means the players and coaches may pray to whatever God that made them. He has a lot of games to look after so there are no promises that prayers will be answered with victory, however.

When I wrote about this yesterday I mentioned an ASU neighbor. I referred to the Greene County School District's defiance of the constitution a few years ago in refusing an ACLU request to stop an annual nativity scene erection in elementary classes. That drew a response from a Terry Mohajir fan. Wrote Lance Ritter to me:

  I want you to know that I am a patron of the Greene County Tech district and I support GCT and the stand they took. I wish ASU had the guts to fight this issue like GCT did. Mr. Noble did not back down from you or anyone else on this issue. We need more people in public office like him. 

When I said there are people intent on cramming THEIR religion down the throats of others, I did not say it lightly. At least Mohajir has decided not to force a constitutional crisis over football helmets, much as he might wish to do so.  But Lance Ritter is ready to take up the battle. Onward Christian soldier.

Somehow, John Prine comes to mind. About flag decals not getting you into heaven.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (39)

Showing 1-39 of 39

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-39 of 39

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • School voucher bill approved in House committee

    The House Education Committee today approved SB 746 to put $3 million a year into a program to give public money to send children to private schools, essentially a voucher program.
    • Mar 28, 2017
  • Internet sales tax bill fails in committee

    The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 9-6, two votes short of the number required, for Sen. Jake Files SB 140 to assess the sales tax on Internet sales if courts ruled that's constitutional.
    • Mar 28, 2017
  • Repeal Obamacare: The GOP crusade was just a charade

    Republicans made clear last week that the long campaign to repeal Obamacare was never about principle or policy, only the politics of Obama destruction.
    • Mar 28, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • State Police issues statement on Jason Rapert 'threats'

    The State Police have issued a minor clarification in what appears to be an effort to soothe an enraged Sen. Jason Rapert, exposed here as overly excited about both a Conway parking lot question from a constituent as well as some inflammatory Internet rhetoric that he's interpreted as a dire threat on his life. State cops took his reports seriously, they say. But in the end, they found nothing actionable.
    • Sep 15, 2015
  • The two cities of Little Rock: East/west, black/white

    The Little Rock City Board illustrated this week a community divided over public schools, another blow to the Little Rock School District and another illustration of the need for ward elections to the board.
    • Mar 23, 2017
  • 2nd guilty plea in bribery case over state mental health services

    Arkansas Business reports here on a federal court filing Wednesday that shows a second person has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme to help a major contractor of the state Department of Human Services.
    • Sep 17, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Brant Collins named Group Travel Manager for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Brant Collins named Group Travel Manager for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation