The fear of being accused of being insensitive by the cultural cleansers of the left is leading a Catholic college to eliminate their longtime mascot out of fear that they will be accused of it being offensive.
Worcester-based Holy Cross University which has been in existence since 1843 is ready to ditch the crusader and change the nicknames of sports teams because some Muslims may get the idea that the helmeted mascot represents an endorsement of a Christian holy war being waged against them (translation: we hate Trump) by the western world.
It’s the height of idiocy and yet another example of how the cancer of political correctness has been metastasizing throughout our society like a terrible totalitarian monster that devours everything in its path.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 6, 2017
Via the Washington Examiner “College to eliminate ‘Crusader’ mascot over fear it may offend Muslims”:
The College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts may ditch their mascot, the Crusader, because it could be offensive to Muslims.
The mascot has been an integral part of the Holy Cross community for over a century, but college president Rev. Philip L. Boroughs has his concerns. President Boroughs established a working group which has asked, “In what ways do you think the Crusader moniker and mascot are appropriate, or inappropriate, representations of the College, given our mission, values and identity?”
Different members of the Holy Cross community have different answers to this question.
“The mascot is one of the most important things to the school because it represents who you are,” Holy Cross sophomore Matthew Wolfe told CBS Boston.
Tommy Heinsohn, a Holy Cross Class of 1956 alum, as well as an NBA Hall of Famer, takes issue with the possible mascot change.
Heinsohn told the Boston Herald that the crusade (no pun intended) to remove the Crusader mascot – the same mascot that Heinsohn spirited during his time at Holy Cross – is nothing more than “political correctness run amok.”
“The necessity of this thing is beyond the pale,” Heinson stated. “Get a life.”
“It’s a big deal for the upperclassmen because that’s what we’ve been going as the whole time we have been here,” Senior Susan Kritzmacher expressed to CBS Boston.
A paramount contention the college holds, as expressed in the same publication in the Herald, is that “the image of a Christian warrior might be offensive to Muslims.” The college also stated that they are taking into account the “sensitivities” that may be associated with the Crusader mascot.
The Boston Herald engaged in some hand-wringing with one of those wishy-washy false equivalency columns entitled “Two sides to the crusade to change the Holy Cross nickname” which actually gives undeserved credibility to the nutballs demanding a cultural purge:
Students writing for the Holy Cross newspaper recently stated, “Why would we not consider changing something that takes away from the experience of our community, even if it is just a single person who takes issue?’’
Many institutions have gone down this path in the last 40 years. The Dartmouth Indians became the Big Green. The St. John’s Redmen became the Red Storm. The UMass Redmen became the Minutemen. The Washington Bullets became the Wizards. The Washington Redskins argument is never going away, and we can all pretty much agree that the Cleveland Indians’ hideous Chief Wahoo is racist — even though everybody in Cleveland seems to love the goofy little guy.
I am not in agreement with the notion that “if one person is offended, we should change things.’’ That’s a black hole from which we can never be rescued. But there’s certainly validity in the opinion that “Crusader” is offensive to some.
Via the school’s website:
While Holy Cross students began calling themselves Crusaders in 1925, this newspaper did not reflect that change until thirty years later. Additionally, while Holy Cross’ Catholic heritage is especially important to the mascot debate, it is less pressing for this one, as The Crusader is a secular and non-partisan mouthpiece for the entire student body. On the other side of things, however, we reject the idea that an incidental connection to the name of a rarely-read and poorly-circulated KKK newspaper represents a strong reason to make a change. Yet, whether that newspaper’s name serves as evidence that the word ‘crusader’ has not lost its ‘clash of civilizations’ connotation certainly remains up for discussion.
The idea that the silent majority must continually bow to the whim of a deranged and intolerant but noisy minority is not only idiotic, but it flies in the face of everything that America is supposed to stand for.
Shame on Holy Cross if they go through with this farce.