Leading Christian college to reword plaque honoring missionary martyrs because the word "savage" is used

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 18th, 2021 2:38 pm
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Last Updated Mar 23rd, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Wheaton College, a Christian college in Illinois, has temporarily removed a plaque commemorating a group of people who died while serving as missionaries because the plaque used the word "savage" to describe the indigenous tribe who killed them.

The plaque, which honors missionaries James Elliot and Ed McCully, reads: "For generations all strangers were killed by these savage Indians. After many days of patient preparation and devout prayer, the missionaries made the first friendly contact known to history with the Aucas."

Wheaton College said it will be appointing a task force to determine how best to reword the plaque, according to an email obtained by The Daily Wire.

"Recently, students, faculty, and staff have expressed concern about language on the plaque that is now recognized as offensive," Wheaton President Philip Ryken said in the email. "Specifically, the word ‘savage' is regarded as pejorative and has been used historically to dehumanize and mistreat indigenous peoples around the world...The reworded plaque will carry forward the memory at Wheaton College of brave missionaries and their sacrificial witness, while at the same time respecting the Waodani people with whom they shared the gospel of the love of Christ. It will resume its place in the lobby of Edman Chapel sometime this summer."


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