Word Smith: Crusade
Atrocities of the first crusades
Hang head in shame
Rape, plunder, murder
Peter the Hermit preaching mercy to the Crusaders who ignored him
All in the name of the Church
Similar to the removal of offensive terms today, perhaps it is time to eliminate the word Crusade and the mascot, Crusader, from our religious schools. It’s time to mend, not revel in the bloody past.