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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Holy Cross to drop knight mascot because of Christian violence during Crusades
An astonishing example of ignorance,
stupidity, and political correctness run amok. The College of Holy Cross
is dropping its longtime mascot, the knight, because of its connection to
Christians who fought during the Crusades.
Pretty intimidating, isn't it!
The College of the Holy
Cross announced it
would drop its Knight mascot and related imagery to avoid ties to the violence
committed by Christian armies during the Crusades.
The Massachusetts school's president,
Rev. Philip Boroughs, said in a letter to students that "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
The College of Holy Cross is one of
the preeminent centers of Catholic higher education in the country. But
holy moly, guys – who's teaching history at that school?
The Crusades were incredibly violent
– on both sides – because the times were incredibly violent. It was not a
good time to be a non-combatant anywhere in the world. Slaughters of
civilians were commonplace. Much is made of the slaughter of Muslims and
Jews after the Christians took Jerusalem in 1099. Yes, it was horrific,
but it was hardly unusual. The only difference between Christians
killings of Muslims and Jews and Muslims killing Christians was the scale of
Don't worry: Muslims had plenty of
opportunities to kill innocent pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem and other
Christian holy sites, and they rarely passed up on the chance to do so.
They had been doing so for 450 years.
stands in contrast to our stated values. Over the coming months, the
College will gradually phase out the use of all knight-related imagery,"
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.
On "Fox &
Friends," Lawrence Jones, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, said this
story is yet another example of the political correctness running amok on
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.
Well I'M certainly offended
"This imagery stands in contrast
to our stated values." Gee, ya think? Except, the code of
chivalry is something much to be admired. It was the first attempt to
actually lay down rules to govern soldiers in combat. "Don't kill
women and children" and "show mercy wherever possible to the
enemy" were revolutionary concepts in their time.
And what about Muslim knights?
They, too, had a chivalry code, and it was much older than Europe's.
But in war against Christians, they followed that code about as often as
No use refighting the Crusades or the
debates surrounding them. But what makes Holy Cross's action particularly
stupid is that the school is using the principle of political correctness and
not history as a guide for its action. The school is using the
accepted modern narrative of the Crusades as though they actually went down
that way. They didn't. Muslims were no better than Christians in
safeguarding civilian lives, except the Crusaders, as the invading army, could
kill a lot more Muslims than Muslims could kill Christians.
The Muslims made up for it a few
hundred years later, committing savage atrocities in their invasion of the
West. The Christian armies defending cities and territories at that time
didn't kill many Muslim civilians because there were few.
Let's face facts: when given the
opportunity to slaughter people, Christians did so in Arab lands, and Muslims
did so in Christian lands. When given equal opportunity to commit
atrocities, both sides did.
editor Drew Belsky adds: I appreciate the desire to quell
tensions by attempting to establish an equivalence, but calling the
Crusades a war between equally barbaric sides is too kind to one of those
sides. I cover why here.