An American college abandons its fifty-year-old Christian nickname and CAIR “applauds their effort.” One more example of Western — and Christian — capitulation to the forces of “multiculturalism,” “pluralism,” “diversity,” and of course, political correctness, despite assertions otherwise.
A Christian college in Wisconsin is dropping its “Crusaders” nickname after nearly 50 years, claiming the moniker has become outdated in a “more global society,” university officials told FoxNews.com.
Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown 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 FoxNews.com. “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.”…
Ibrahim Hooper, communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told FoxNews.com he welcomed the “Crusaders” change, but said he found team names or mascots that incorporate race or ethnicity more problematic, particularly those pertaining to Native Americans.
“I welcome the spirit behind the change,” Hooper said. “It’s obvious they thought about this. I applaud their effort.”