Friday, January 31, 2014

Bowing to What It Calls "A More Global Society," a U.S. Christian College Drops Its "Crusaders" Nickname

Well, after all, in the post-9/11 scheme of things, it is apt to offend:
Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown [Wisconsin] and its Division III athletic teams have used the name since its founding in 1968. Matt Davis, the university’s executive vice president, said no complaints have been received by the school and stressed that it coincides with its name change from Maranatha Baptist College in December. 
“But I also agree that times change and we understand that context changes,” Davis told “Our world has changed since 9/11 and we’ve become a more global society with the Internet. The heartbeat behind this was not political correctness, but expanded opportunities for our students.” 
Selecting the university’s next mascot will be a collaborative effort, Davis said, and the new name will be revealed during the spring semester. Uniforms will reflect the change beginning in the fall. Hundreds of potential replacements have already been submitted by students, alumni and university stakeholders...
Might I suggest "The Maranatha Dhimmis"?

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