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Featured University Drops Potentially Offensive Mascot

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Jerome, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Jerome

    Jerome Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have a suggestion for an appropriate new mascot for this Baptist school?
     
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    Crusaders was never a wise name for Christian school sports teams. The crusaders were far from Christian in their behaviour.

    Good job Maranatha.
     
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    That's not what the school's website says. This is an complete overhaul, with Maranatha Baptist Bible College changing its name to Maranatha Baptist University. It isn't just a mascot change, it's a complete makeover of the school's identity.

    Davis' quote in the OP makes it sound like they're afraid they're going to be picketed by some people group, like Native Americans are picketing the Redskins. The website makes it seem as though its a commercial education endeavor and has nothing to do with the mascot being "potentially offensive." While "Crusaders" isn't exactly a stellar image, it is part of history, and there are dozens if not hundreds of Christian schools at the secondary and collegiate level whose sports teams bear that name. So what? It just isn't that big a deal. Most people think "Crusade" today, they think Billy Graham. I think Crusaders is just fine.
     
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    Much ado about nothing!
    (Where have I heard that before?)

    In today's wimpy society, any name chosen can/will offend somebody for some reason.

    Spend the time & resources on bettering the school itself!:thumbsup:
     
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    It was clearly there - in the sentence structure.

    Okay it wasn't, but it was in the article he linked, not on the website you're posting about. :wavey:

    Jerome, I like "Raindrops" or "Torrents." :D Both have to do with water, both tie into the name of the place the college is at, and water has spiritual meaning too.
     
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    The basketball team could be the dribbles, and the cheer squad the drips?
     
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    See? It's working out already! :laugh:
     
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    I suggest the Maranatha "Victors." That way when someone asks the opposing team, "Who are you playing?" they have to say "The Victors." :laugh:

    In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a Maranatha grad school alumnus, and it's a great school. :thumbs:
     
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    Ooooohhh, that is good. Very good! :thumbs:
     
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    Thank you kindly. :wavey:
     
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    Why would this be offensive? I take it this school must not have any history teachers on faculty to explain to them that the Crusaders were the good guys.

    On Community, they couldn't find a mascot who wasn't offensive, so they ended up settling for the Greendale Human Beings.
     
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    There is enough offense with the Gospel. To add needless offense with a ball-team's mascot is just stupid.

    I also applaud the change as a wise move. NOTHING in their Baptist or Biblical or Academics or Mission is changing - just a name change *(from college to university) and window dressing. Two thumbs up.

    From a small non-accredited school to an ever-expanding fully accredited program today with a -
    college of education
    seminary
    nursing school
    ROTC
    40 majors + 120 minors
    Maranatha Baptist University is the "West Point" of fundamentalism

    [Full disclosure - I was part of the founding of the school and have the first Master's degree ever granted (1970) from their seminary, so have a vested interest in all things Maranatha. My wife received her undergrad degree from there and all three of my children earned BS degrees from Maranatha as well.]

    Warriors
    Hilltoppers
    Thunderbirds
    Riverhawks
     
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    "Missionaries" join "Crusaders" on PC naughty list:

    Whitman College, named for Oregon Trail missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, is being pressured to drop its "Missionaries" nickname:

    http://whitmanpioneer.com/sports/20...ore-perspectives-from-the-athletic-community/
     
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    After looking at their program on their website, I'd say they don't deserve the name. Might not have been a real missionary out of that school in 50 years or more. Besides, "missionaries" as an athletic team mascot? It doesn't fit.
     
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    If this school changed the name of their Mascot to that of.., "The Wimpies" it would offend real wimpies. So what's the issue here? I watched a Mike Dice video the other day of him asking millennials on the streets of San Diego who was our Nation's Capital named after..., duh..., and none of them could answer the question. No one knew. Finally, he stopped two young folks who were visiting from Italy and they answered it right off.

    Seems to me some of these folks need to be offended.
     
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    What happens when someone claims to be offended by "Maranatha"? Everything seems to offend some group, these days.
     
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    Most too illiterate to pronounce "Maranatha" much less know its meaning.

    In its first football season (1971?) I was a proud alum and pastoring in Michigan. Heard Walter Cronkite signing off CBS news with a story of "Mare antha" college in Wisconsin. He said if you think YOU are having a bad day, this school's first game, down 66-0 and called in 3rd quarter on account of darkness. He added there is only the way "up" from there!!
     
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    North Dakota was forced to give up its fighting Sioux, but Dickinson still has its Midgets and another school nearby its Deacons!
     
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