Another craven capitulation and surrender to sharia adherence. And Christian institutions self-enforcing the sharia under the guise of global harmony are particularly galling. Lest we forget, it was the Crusaders who saved Europe from the bloody and gruesome jihad that Muslims were waging across Europe.

Executive vice president Matt Davis said "Our main concern has been with stereotypical and racist team mascots or school nicknames." Really? Shouldn't one of the main concerns of a Christian college be educating and activating for their Christian brothers and sisters who are being oppressed, subjugated and slaughtered in Muslim lands under the sharia? And someone ought to tell dhimmi Davis that Islam is not a race.

Of course, Ibrahim Hooper of Hamas-CAIR is rubbing his hooves together in glee. It's perfectly fine for millions of Muslims to be waging bloody jihad across the world, but for an American college to use the name of those who successfully beat back the jihad onslaught of the Middle Ages — that's the problem.

"Christian college drops 'Crusaders' nickname from its sports teams so it doesn't offend 'global society'? The Daily Mail, January 31, 2014

Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin is dropping the word 'Crusaders' from its sports teams.

  • The college's Crusader mascot will also change.
  • Executive vice president Matt Davis says there have not been complaints about the name.
  • Davis says the topic has been in discussion for some time and the Board of Trustees decided 2014 was time to update.
  • 'Our world has changed since 9/11 and we've become a more global society,' he says.
  • The word Crusades to some speaks of heroics but for others – namely Muslims – it speaks of bloody murder.
  • Ibrahim Hooper from the Council on American-Islamic Relations says he 'welcomes the spirit of the change.'

A Wisconsin Christian university is dropping the word 'Crusaders' from its sports teams, saying the word doesn't fit with a 'more global society.'

The Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown and its sports teams have used the name since the college's founding in 1968.

The decision coincides with a recent name change, from Maranatha Baptist Bible College to Maranatha Baptist University.

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Davis says the change had long been in discussion among the university's Board of Trustees, who decided that 2014 was the appropriate time.

The word Crusades – defined by Merriam-Webster as 'any of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries to win the Holy Land from the Muslims' – to some speaks of heroics, but for others – namely Muslims – it speaks of bloody murder.

'Times change and we understand that context changes,' Davis told Fox News. 'Our world has changed since 9/11 and we've become a more global society with the Internet.'

Ibrahim Hooper, communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told Mail Online that he welcomes the 'Crusaders' change, but said CAIR finds team names or mascots that incorporate race or ethnicity more problematic, particularly those pertaining to Native Americans.

'Our main concern has been with stereotypical and racist team mascots or school nicknames,' he said, adding that he 'welcomes the spirit of change.'

The university is now fielding suggestions from its students, stakeholders and alumni for a new name and mascot for its teams.

'We're having a blast with the process,' said Davis. 'It's a fun process, but it's also a serious process.' The new name will be revealed in the spring.

The university's mission is to provide a 'Christ-centered, biblically based liberal arts education… providing each student with a platform to fulfill God's plan for his or her life.

The university's executive vice president stresses that the school has received no complaints about the name Crusaders.

'The heartbeat behind this was not political correctness, but expanded opportunities for our students,' Matt Davis told Fox News.

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