We hadn’t seen that one either. Those two tweets from last year are in reference to the sign at ESPN’s College Game Day prohibiting attendees from carrying religious signs.
That rule was unknown to us until we caught sight of this tweet, posted today.
Are religious signs really a concern at college football games? Even the president quoted scripture in his executive amnesty speech to the nation Thursday night.
A 2013 “all-access” look at the behind-the-scenes effort to make College Game Day a reality confirms that signs with a spiritual message haven’t been welcome. As USA Today reported at the time, “You know the signs: ESPN puns, jokes, taunts – but all within the range of good taste. There are certain crowd rules: No food or drinks, no vulgar signs, no throwing objects, no religious signs and no political signs, among others. ESPN’s security team culls through the signs, removing one for every five that pass muster.”
Is it really necessary to lump in carrying religious signs with displaying vulgar signs and throwing objects?
Here’s another shot from the 2013 season.
ESPN is welcome to set its own rules, but why such an emphasis on “religious” signs?