The Crusader mascot of a private Christian university in Missouri has been dropped due to the "negative connotation and violence" associated with the term.
Evangel University announced that it will be dropping its Crusader mascot because the crusaders of medieval times killed Muslims, Jews, and other Christians in pursuit of the Holy Land.
The school said the decision was not "a cultural response to political correctness," but instead was made because the mascot stains the school's "reflection of Jesus Christ."
"An increased level of awareness as to how we are perceived by others prompts us to consider how any representation we make as a university has the power to impact, both positively and negatively, the Church's reputation," the school said.
The Crusader mascot has been used by Evangel University since it was established in 1955 with the intent to "depict strength, honor, and commitment to the faith."
The selection process to find a new mascot for the university is underway.