Left-wing authoritarians are continually attacking Christianity.
Activists in Georgia recently pushed to ban football coaches from praying with their students before and after games.
Now apparently agents of political correctness are attempting to rewrite history.
A Christian school is being forced to do away with its knight mascot because of any association with the Crusades. Activists at the school wanted to do away with the nickname Crusaders, but fell short in that pursuit.
The College of the Holy Cross, will do away with its Knight mascot and all other imagery, to avoid any symbolic connection to Knights who fought for Christianity during the Crusades.
Reverend Phillip Burroughs, president of the Massachusetts based school, explained the decision in a letter to the student body. Burroughs wrote, “the visual depiction of a knight, in conjunction with the moniker Crusader, 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. Over the coming months, the College will gradually phase out the use of all knight-related imagery.”
According to Fox News, “Students and faculty members unsuccessfully urged the school to drop the Crusaders name entirely, arguing it associates the school with the violence committed against non-Christians nearly 1,000 years ago.”
During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Jones blasted the school’s decision. Citing it as yet another example of history being destroyed in the name of political correctness.
“The social justice warriors and the speech police are out to destroy history,” he said, asking where this all stops.
“Why not … just remove the ‘Cross’ from the name Holy Cross? That’s ultimately what the Crusaders were defending,” said Rachel Campos-Duffy.
The left-wing witch hunt has gotten so bad, some state legislators have attempted to pass religious freedom bills.
A Georgia state senator is pushing for such a bill.
From USA Today:
After a series of coaches were dismissed after being found to pray with their student athletes before or after athletic events in recent years, one Georgia state senator has introduced a state bill that would allow coaches to pray with their student athletes before or after sporting events.
Per filings with the Georgia General Assembly, State Bill 361, the ‘Coach Small Religious Protection Act’ (named for East Coweta football coach John Small, who was found to be praying with his team after games) would protect a teacher when:
the context makes clear that the employee is not speaking on behalf of the school, school employees are entitled to robust protections for their religious expression.
The critical issue of interpretation in this case would appear to be whether or not a coach is still an employee representing a public entity after a game concludes or before it begins.
This issue isn’t going away, so Christians will have to be vigilant about protecting their rights in the face of the totalitarian left.