Run by the commies, College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, the oldest Catholic college in New England, will stop using a Christian knight as its mascot, as the “Crusader” was deemed to be “Islamophobic” at the Jesuit school. The purple, sword-wielding Crusader has been the mascot at Holy Cross since 1920.
So when will they change the name of the school which also is offensive to Muslims?
DML What began as a crusade to rid the school of an offensively titled student newspaper, dubbed The Crusader in 1955, became an attack on the mascot -also the Crusader.
Aside from concerns that the paper’s title was the same as a newspaper published by the KKK, students “spurred to outrage by a letter-to-the-editor signed by 48 faculty members” said the newspaper’s name also promoted “Islamophobia,” especially after the 2016 election.
The mascot is one of the most important things to the school because it represents who you are,” said sophomore Matthew Wolfe. While some argue the Crusaders are a direct link to the Jesuit school’s religious identity, others wonder if the mascot aligns with the school’s 21st century values.
Campus Reform reports: The mascot’s defenders, however, pointed out the historical reality that the Crusades were a conflict between expanding Muslim empires and declining Christian powers that had already been fighting each other over land for centuries, arguing that the contemporary inclination to disparage the Crusaders overlooks the fact that both sides committed atrocities.
The school’s president, Fr. Philip Boroughs, nonetheless announced in September that he “had convened a working group” to explore whether “the Crusader moniker and mascot are appropriate, or inappropriate, representations of the college, given our mission, values, and identity.”
Shortly thereafter, The Crusader’s editors revealed that the publication would also be conducting a review of its own name, a process that culminated on February 2 in a decision to permanently change its name to The Spire. On Thursday, the president of the College of the Holy Cross announced that the school would stop using the Crusader for its athletic teams as well.
From The Worcester Telegram: In a letter to alumni, students, faculty, and staff, the Rev. Boroughs said the Crusader knight, which adorns much of the college’s paraphernalia, “inevitably ties us directly to the reality of the religious wars and the violence of the Crusades.”
“This imagery stands in contrast to our stated values,” he said. “Over the coming months, the college will gradually phase out the use of all knight-related imagery.”
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