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Ministry changes name to Campus Jihad for Christ
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Posted on 11/15/2013 6:19:18 AM PST by Gamecock

ORLANDO — In an effort to broaden their international appeal, Campus Crusade for Christ, the venerable evangelism organization founded by Bill and Vonette Bright 52 years ago, has changed its name to Campus Jihad for Christ.

“When the ministry started in 1951, ‘crusade’ was a bold, evocative word,” says Campus Jihad spokesman Tony Ulkes. “Now it has negative overtones and kind of a fifteenth-century ring to it, particularly in Europe and the Middle East, where we’re expanding. But ‘jihad’ is considered by young people to be new and fresh, and it means virtually the same thing as ‘crusade’. So we’re changing with the times.”

But some observers call the change a sure way to alienate their core constituency.

“This is a grave miscalculation,” says church history professor Timothy Wilds of the University of Florida, Miami. “I’m not sure they’ll win any more converts, and it’s quite possible they’ll anger a lot of long-time supporters.”

The impetus for the change came as the ministry found it increasingly difficult to set up debates with Muslim groups on university campuses because of the ‘crusade’ moniker. And students recently introduced to the ministry often assumed it was started after September 11, 2001, in response to terrorism.

The name changes will flow down the employee chart. Campus ministers will now be called campus mujahideen, or holy warriors. Regional directors will be known as fedayeen Christ. Fedayeen means “one who sacrifices himself for a cause” in Arabic.

“With no disrespect meant to Mohammed, we’d like students to join the true jihad — the jihad of Christ,” says Ulkes.

The change will also solve a small but consistent problem: the inevitable handful of students who joined the group thinking it was the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medievalist group which holds fairs and festivals in the spirit of Olde England.

“We’re all happy to be rid of the ‘crusade’ label,” says Ulkes. “This is a new day for us.” •


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: satire

1 posted on 11/15/2013 6:19:18 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: Alex Murphy; HarleyD; F15Eagle

Works for me! Very relevant.


2 posted on 11/15/2013 6:19:57 AM PST by Gamecock (If you have to be One,be a Big Red One.)
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To: Gamecock

You know, I may have to incorporate that site’s feed on my RSS reader.


3 posted on 11/15/2013 6:21:18 AM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Gamecock

Forgot the “sarcasm” tag....


4 posted on 11/15/2013 6:24:52 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Gamecock; All
Christians don't do Jihad. We are called to 'love our enemies' and to win them that way and not by the sword. The Lord Jesus said "those that live by the sword, die by the sword" meaning that violence just comes back at the one who uses it.

Lark is doing a smear against Christians and it is not funny.

5 posted on 11/15/2013 6:26:40 AM PST by sr4402
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To: markomalley; Gamecock
You know, I may have to incorporate that site’s feed on my RSS reader.

FWIW I have really enjoyed your "Eye of the Tiber" threads. They're hilarious - please resume posting them!

6 posted on 11/15/2013 6:32:55 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: sr4402
"Lark is doing a smear against Christians and it is not funny."

Agreed.

7 posted on 11/15/2013 6:39:49 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: sr4402; Gamecock
Christians don't do Jihad. We are called to 'love our enemies' and to win them that way and not by the sword....Lark is doing a smear against Christians and it is not funny.

Win them for who, exactly? You'll find that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. These are real news stories from 2011:
Campus Crusade for Christ to remove offensive word from organization’s name
Campus Ministry Drops 'Christ' From Name

8 posted on 11/15/2013 6:40:41 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: sr4402

I think what they are doing is throwing political correctness back into the faces of those who demand it. The quotes from the organization were, to me anyways, dripping with sarcasm. They are using the absurd to demonstrate the absurd.


9 posted on 11/15/2013 6:42:09 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Win them for who, exactly?

Win them to Christ, that's who. I don't care what an organization calls itself, that is what Christians are supposed to do.

Smearing Christians with Jihad is a preparation for persecuting Christians - plain and simple.

10 posted on 11/15/2013 6:51:05 AM PST by sr4402
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To: sr4402
If American Christianity is being smeared it has only itself to be blamed.
11 posted on 11/15/2013 6:54:07 AM PST by Gamecock (If you have to be One,be a Big Red One.)
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To: Gamecock
The impetus for the change came as the ministry found it increasingly difficult to set up debates with Muslim groups on university campuses because of the ‘crusade’ moniker.

The muzzies don't like to have their faces rubbed in the fact that the crusades kicked their butts out of all the European territories they had "jihaded" their way into.

12 posted on 11/15/2013 6:58:48 AM PST by CPOSharky (Expect less, pay more (With apologies to Target))
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To: Gamecock
If American Christianity is being smeared it has only itself to be blamed.

I see, so you are smearing Christians by using the website. Very clever.

13 posted on 11/15/2013 7:00:00 AM PST by sr4402
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To: sr4402

Actually, it’s hilariously funny.


14 posted on 11/15/2013 7:04:27 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: sr4402
You give me too much credit. Over the last 20 years American Christianity has made itself silly. It has forgotten it's first love. Instead of worshiping Christ American Christianity has sunk into a quagmire of self-indulgence while bowing down to the culture.

If you want to defend that behavior, go right ahead.

15 posted on 11/15/2013 7:06:29 AM PST by Gamecock (If you have to be One,be a Big Red One.)
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To: Gamecock

bad move.


16 posted on 11/15/2013 7:25:59 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mr. Lucky; All
Actually, it’s hilariously funny.

It's about as funny as telling a Muslem that Mohammed was not a prophet.

17 posted on 11/15/2013 8:10:38 AM PST by sr4402
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To: Mr. Lucky; All
Actually, it’s hilariously funny.

It's about as funny as telling a Muslim that Mohammed was not a prophet.

18 posted on 11/15/2013 8:10:56 AM PST by sr4402
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To: Gamecock

Now I see the satire keyword.


19 posted on 11/15/2013 8:19:35 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sr4402

I’m sorry; I wasn’t aware that American satire was subject to Muslim censorship.


20 posted on 11/15/2013 8:38:11 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Gamecock

Ah, good old Campus Jihad. My high school used to have formals at the Arrowhead Springs Hotel in San Bernardino when it was their headquarters.


21 posted on 11/15/2013 8:40:57 AM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Mr. Lucky; All
It's about as funny as telling a Muslim that Mohammed was not a prophet.

Oh no, not censorship, just would get put a target on your back. Just as this thread intended to put a target on our backs and to bully us into silence.

22 posted on 11/15/2013 8:46:09 AM PST by sr4402
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To: sr4402
You've been bullied by this thread? Seriously?
23 posted on 11/15/2013 8:53:21 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky; All
You've been bullied by this thread? Seriously?

Sure, if you had a gun pointed to your head you would think differently.

24 posted on 11/15/2013 9:20:35 AM PST by sr4402
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To: sr4402

Someone from the Campus Crusade for Christ held a gun to your head?


25 posted on 11/15/2013 10:48:12 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky; sr4402
Someone from the Campus Crusade for Christ held a gun to your head?

Did the college student not want to read through all Four Spiritual Laws?

26 posted on 11/15/2013 11:50:21 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Mr. Lucky; Alex Murphy
Someone from the Campus Crusade for Christ held a gun to your head?

No, it's the smear of Christians, to be picked up by the Lamestream Media to persecute Christians.

Beware, after they've come after us, they will come after you all too!

27 posted on 11/15/2013 12:36:16 PM PST by sr4402
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To: sr4402; Alex Murphy

So now you arrogate to yourself the authority to declare who is or is not, Christian? My goodness.


28 posted on 11/15/2013 12:43:51 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky; Alex Murphy
So now you arrogate to yourself the authority to declare who is or is not, Christian? My goodness

Bullies also try to put words in other peoples mouths. Nice Try.

29 posted on 11/15/2013 1:26:29 PM PST by sr4402
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To: sr4402; Alex Murphy

OK. I give up.


30 posted on 11/15/2013 1:34:44 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: CPOSharky
The muzzies don't like to have their faces rubbed in the fact that the crusades kicked their butts out of all the European territories they had "jihaded" their way into.

Exactly....

31 posted on 11/15/2013 2:20:41 PM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith....)
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