…and he’s making a lot of sense. The crusades are a blight from church history, not something we should celebrate in any way.
Here’s the comment I made in response to his post:
We’ve talked about this before, Ben, and I heartily agree that this is an unnecessary offense. It’s not a matter of political correctness; it’s a matter of (intentionally or unintentionally) associating Christian institutions with something wicked done in the name of Christ. It’s a bad testimony to the world, and it’s a terrible thing to be holding before children and teens as though it’s something to celebrate. Using “Crusaders” as a mascot makes as much sense as using “Jihad” or “Holocaust” as a mascot. If you have it (and I honestly don’t know which schools do, with a very few exceptions), I’d urge you to change it.