I have my own religious views and I can certainly respect the religious views of others even if they differ from mine. In fact, I think most people can.
The recent controversy over crosses placed on A-State football players' helmets is gaining national attention. Arkansas State University received a complaint that use of the cross violates our Constitutional separation of church and state. So the University is modifying the stickers, taking away the shape of the cross.
The crosses with the letters M.O. and B.W. were placed on the helmets by players and coaches to honor two fallen members of the Red Wolves football program. Player Markel Owens was murdered and equipment manager Barry Weyer, Jr. died in a car accident after last season.
I personally believe the crosses should have stayed on the helmets. It's because something's been lost in all of this. The cross is not the symbol of the university, coaches, or players. It is the symbol of the two men who left this Earth too soon. It's what they believed in. It's the best way the players and coaches knew to honor them.
Regardless of your religious beliefs I challenge everyone in Region 8 to honor these two fine young men and support our university.
Letting each of us express ourselves in a way that is meaningful, without fear, without hurting others and most importantly honoring those no longer with us will make this A Better Region 8.