Saturday, April 17, 2010

#74 "Crusaders" as a Christian School Mascot

When white Christians start a Christian school, they inevitably enter into one of the great paradoxes of white Christianity: how do you make a Biblically sound yet intimidating mascot for your sports teams with a religion famous for "turning the other cheek"? The Immanuel Lutheran Cheek-Turners? The Blessed Meek? We think not!

Frequently, schools will turn to Eagles (
Isaiah 40). But even more frequently, they turn to Crusaders. If you're unfamiliar with the Crusades, then you probably grew up in a white Christian community- this topic isn't necessarily their favorite thing to discuss. Basically, the Crusades were yet another chapter in the millenia-long Christian/Muslim Holy War. If the shoe were on the other foot, this is somewhat akin to a Muslim academy taking on "the Jihad" as a mascot.

There's really no Biblical evidence to support the choice of "Crusader"... but it sure is intimidating. What's strikes more fear into opponents' hearts: some majestic bird, or a murdering, medieval Christian soldier on a holy war?

While this like of "The Crusaders" flies in the face of all of the positives gained on retreats, they do it anyway. Christian schools without the chutzpah to go the full Crusader monte simply compromise with "Knights" or "Chargers," but the retain the subtle nuances of the Crusader logo.

**SWCL contest: who can come up with the best Christian school mascot?**

31 comments:

Luther Zwingli said...

I'll get this party started... "The Left Hand of Ehud."

It's sneaky, powerful, deadly, and Biblical. Boom.

Jill said...

One might think of "Jael's Stake" if deadly and sneaky was the goal. It also brings the ladies into the mix...which until this time have creatively been incorporated into the school mascots with variations such as "the lady crusaders." I know about these creatures, as I was one. :)

Anonymous said...

Local Catholic school around me has the nickname of the Vikings.

Luther Zwingli said...

Ha! Jael's Stake- I love it.

Anonymous... here's a challenge: Check out the other Catholic schools in the Vikings conference. 20:1 odds that one of them will be have a mascot of Crusaders.

Anonymous said...

What about the blood-licking dogs from 1st Samuel 22:37

Anonymous said...

I meant First Kings, not First Samuel

Adam said...

Leviathan. Bonus points for having a cheer leader walk with the mascot at games.

Luther Zwingli said...

Blood-Licking Dogs and Leviathan are both great entries.

Just thought of another one- what about "The Plagues"?

Lauren said...

The St. _____'s High School Great Flood...they will drown their opponents.

ps: my word verification is "pricks". ironic for being on a Christian site :-p

Lauren said...

Oh, and of course there's always "The Horsemen" from Revelation.

alex said...

How about flexing your views on baptism along with subtle military themes? I give you the Trinity Baptist "Immersionaries."

Chris said...

Nicknames that don't end in "s" are all the rage right now, so I am going with "Pestilence", as in the Trinity Academy Pestilence.

Anonymous said...

Nicodemus Wombats

Anonymous said...

My Christian School mascot was the "Flames".

Chris said...

I as forgot the Christian college that I attended was the Trojans. I find this to be ironic considering some historians believe the Philistines to be closely related to the Trojans if not just displaced Trojans after one of their many sea faring wars in the Mediterranian.

Trinidad 2009 said...

The Trinity Academy Apocalypse
The Trinity Academy Spirits (as in "holy")
The Trinity Academy Water-Walkers
The Trinity Academy Raptures
The Trinity Academy Kenosis
The Trinity Academy Flaming Swordsmen (as in guarding the garden of Eden)
The Trinity Academy Trees of Life

Luther Zwingli said...

I actually live near a Catholic school. I've driven past it a number of times, but didn't know their mascot. This conversation inspired me to find out.

They're the Divine Infant Miracles. :)

Anonymous said...

1. This website is copying off of stuffchristianslike.net ...yes.
2. It's stuff "white christians like", but in the bar at the top there's a black guy on the worship team. NOTHING wrong with that, but kind of contradictory of the website...

Luther Zwingli said...

Anonymous
1. Common misconception- we're aware of this other site, but we were doing our thing for 6 months before we even realized that that site existed. We never copy any material or ideas- we never even visit that site.
2. A Black Guy on the worship team is not at all contradictory to stuff white Christians like- because white Christians like diversity AND African American musicians. It's like the holy grail of worship leaders.

Abraham Calvin said...

Actually, we are "copying off of" Stuff White People Like - as proclaimed in the disclaimer in the right column. We are but one (but hopefully the best one) of similar rip offs of SWPL. Dittos, Luther on the black worship leader.

Anonymous said...

Haha my university mascot is the Crusaders! (And yes, I go to a white Christian university)

Czar said...

My high school mascot was the "Contenders" (as in Jude 3, "earnestly contend for the faith"). It's like the Crusaders, but not nearly as inflammatory to the Los Angeles Muslim population.

Anonymous said...

My Christian college was the Crusaders, realized it wasn't pc, and changed it to the Thunder. Uh, what??

Luther Zwingli said...

Anonymous- looks like your Christian college is not alone in the Crusader mascot switch: click here.

Lindsey Woo said...

At my Christian high school, we were the Knights....and we played the Eagles, the Eagles, the Eagles, the Eagles, and the Crusaders. We literally made all of our signs ahead of time because we knew we'd have plenty of "Soar above the Eagles" games....(of which we did...state champs 6 years in a row WOOO!)

Pretty sure my fave is the Divine Infant Miracles....

Anonymous said...

From the link posted about switching from Crusaders:

"This is not in any way an attempt at political correctness," she said. "It is an attempt to say we are a community of Christian love."

All well and good.... except that their new mascot is a lion with its mouth open & claws bared. And we know that the "followers of God" don't have the best history with Lions (ie. Samson, Daniel, etc...)

Sara E. James said...

The Christian school I attended and later taught at had The King's Crusaders for most of it's history (being The King's Christian School). Recently I found out they changed it to the King's Knights. Still cliche. And my college was the Crimson Eagles. (Our college colors were red and black).

Chad Smith said...

I've known a few Christian schools with the mascot of the "Lions". As in the "Lion of Judah" - aka Jesus.

Not to be confused with the roaring lion - aka Satan.

I think the best one I've actually seen is the Conquerors - as in, we are more than...

But the most appropriate would be the Lambs. Since that's the mascot Jesus picked out for us.

Or maybe Wise Doves? The Wild Branches? The Disciples (not Iscariot)? The Carpenters?

How about the the Living Sacrifices? I mean - the Mascot could be a Zombie crawling off a slaughtering block. Never seen a mascot that scary before - and I went to public school!

hybridjohn said...

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Anonymous said...

The Abomination of Desolations

Anonymous said...

How about the Whores of Babylon?