Alvernia University to drop ‘troublesome’ Crusaders mascot

by Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times  |  published on March 7, 2017

AlverniaA small Catholic university in Pennsylvania is dropping its “Crusaders” mascot because some people found it offensive and non-inclusive.

Alvernia University, a private Franciscan Roman Catholic college in Reading, announced Thursday that it will be changing its nickname after nearly 50 years.

“As at other schools with the same nickname, some at Alvernia have viewed ‘Crusaders’ as expressing commitment to and passion for a cause. In that regard, the name correlates with a positive, competitive image for athletics,” the school said in a press release, the College Fix reported. “On the other hand, many others have found the name ‘Crusaders’ troublesome, even offensive. Even more important, they view the image as opposed to the peace and harmony of ‘right relationships’ modeled by St. Francis and the spirit of inclusiveness for which Franciscans strive.”

A FAQ page on the school’s website said the decision was ultimately decided by University President Thomas Flynn after he received a “unanimous endorsement” by university leaders, the Board of Trustees, and the leadership team of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, the school’s Catholic sponsors.

  • texexpatriate

    Sad to say, many Christians are sissies.

  • MyronJPoltroonian

    O.k., will they become “The Jihadists”, because that means one who “Struggles for Religion”?

    • P-daddy

      That really isn’t the meaning for jihadists. Jihadists means fighting or power against enemies of Islam. Jihad is a struggle against the enemies of Islam. ( Just checked it in Google).

  • justinwachin

    In modern Christian circles crusades carry the gospel to the lost. While that may offend those who make it a hobby to see how often they can get offended in a days time, I suspect there are many in heaven who are glad that are thankful that someone told them about Jesus.

    It’s odd that many of the people who call for peace, love and tolerance are not eager to show any when someone disagrees with them. The college should consider what the next step will be. I bet the Catholic school could get more students if they ceased being Catholic or standing for Catholic principles. How far are they willing to go to not “offend” someone?

    • Kx Brien

      I think they have already demonstrated they don’t stand for Catholic/Christian values when they no longer can stand up for the Crusade, which was to free people from the enslavement from marauding and murderous Muslims, who killed not only Christians, but any Muslim who stood up to them. Sound familiar, hmmmmmmm?

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  • Tiger

    This is why I am not a Catholic anymore. They began changing and they continue to morph into something without a spine and they also are up to their ears in bringing hundreds of thousands of refugees here.

    Let me guess Muslims they of course would object but what do you care? The Crusades were called by Pope Urban because the Muslims had taken over almost the entire world and wiped out entire tribes of people along with destroyed icons everywhere. The filthy Muslim hoards had to be stopped just like they have to be stopped today. I think I will get this on a T-shirt and a jacket.

    • P-daddy

      What did they change their names to? Folds like napkins.

      • MyronJPoltroonian

        I’m thinking there seriously considering “The Jihadists”, because that means one who “Struggles for Religion”.

      • Tiger

        Sad really the basic religion is good but like all religions you got man you got trouble.

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