Crusaders hit hard

Home-schoolers in Maryland are forming their own sports teams, reports the Washington Times.

Home-schooling parents in Frederick County, learning that their children could not play on high school football teams, decided not to punt. They formed their own squad instead.

. . . The Crusaders now are the second football team in Maryland made up entirely of home-school and private-school students. The Maryland Christian Saints first took the field last year in Harford County, north of Baltimore.

“You can be a Christian, hit really hard on the football field and still glorify God,” Mrs. Delph says.

I love the totally un-PC team names.

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  1. Cardinal Fang says:

    As no homeschoolers are allowed on public-school teams, it’s a pity that these teams are for fundamentalist Christian homeschoolers only. Those homeschoolers unwilling to subscribe to this Christian Creed and agree to this Statement of Faith are still left out. Many, many homeschoolers don’t believe in Biblical inerrancy; probably some of those kids would also like to play football.

    True, other homeschoolers could form their own teams. But still, it’s a shame to splinter what is already a small minority.

  2. Non-Christian homeschoolers should form teams — the Home Secularists? the Free Thinkers? the Fighting Heathens? — to play the Christians.

  3. Wayne Martin says:

    > Non-Christian homeschoolers should form teams
    > to play the Christians.

    Hmmm .. what about: “the lions”, or “the hungary lions”?

  4. Cardinal Fang wrote:

    But still, it’s a shame to splinter what is already a small minority.

    Think of it as a celebration of diversity.

  5. Cardinal Fang says:

    There’s a problem with the word “Christian.” Fundamentalist Christians have arrogated the word to themselves, leaving us with no term for people who believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ but not in the inerrancy of the Bible, people like Catholics, Methodists and Presbyterians.

    It’s peculiar to say that homeschoolers (or other people) who are not fundamentalist Christians are “non-Christian.” Most homeschoolers who are not fundamentalist Christians are nevertheless Christians. Come to think of it, most Americans who are not fundamentalist Christians are nevertheless Christians.

    So why would a group of mostly Christians want to call themselves the Lions or the Heathens?

  6. Took you long enough to come to the point.

    Turns out that the homeschooling movement has been changing its composition for some time.

    While it’s true homeschooling had its resurgance mostly among fundamentalist Christians, that’s changed quite a bit. Exact figures aren’t easy to come by but this report suggests that the majority of homeschooled kids are no longer being homeschooled for religious reasons.

    Also, I’m not sure I see how fundamentalist Christians, referring to themselves as anything, encumbers you in the slightest. You can still refer to yourself as a Catholic, Methodist or Presbyterian, no? Those are all variations on the basic theme, right? So where’s the encumberance?

  7. Indigo Warrior says:

    Don’t forget the small but not insignificant minority of homeschoolers who were homeschooled to escape the atmosphere of sports cultism that permeates so many public and private schools. In other words, there are people who don’t mind if others play football – each to his own – but would like an educational environment without sports, or at the very least no abuse and second-class citizenship for non-jocks.