Ireland: Athletic club drops cross from logo after ISIS attack on website

Source: Athletic club drops cross from its crest over Isil fears weeks before Dublin Marathon – Independent.ie

An athletic club has decided to temporarily remove a cross emblem from its crest on new sportswear after its website was attacked by someone claiming to represent so-called Islamic State.

The Crusaders Athletic Club wrote to members last week telling them that a decision had been taken to remove the cross from new singlets to be worn by some runners competing in the Dublin City Marathon in two weeks.

The decision to remove the cross from the crest caused major disquiet among members of the Dublin club, with some threatening to leave if the logo is changed.

In an email sent to members, which has been seen by the Sunday Independent, the club said a final decision had not been taken to change the crest but it would be discussed at the annual general meeting.

“As some of you may or may not have heard, our website was hacked (twice) by persons unknown purporting to be from Islamic State and threatening messages sent to us,” it said.

“The second attack pretty much wiped the site out. The committee has a responsibility to discuss and take measures to protect the club and a lot of time and energy was spent trying to figure out how best to deal with this.”

The email said the cyber attack led to a “wider debate” about the club’s identity and there was also a discussion by the organisation’s committee about changing its name due to the religious and historic association with the Christian crusades of the middle ages.

“Threats have to be taken seriously and although any real danger is unlikely, it was decided that as an interim measure and as a compromise to some views in the committee to temporarily suspend the use of the cross logo until the proposal could be put to the members at the AGM,” it added.

The club is the latest in a line of sporting organisations to discuss changing their names due to historic associations.

The Washington Redskins have been under pressure for years to change their name as it is seen as offensive to native Americans.

The Exeter Chiefs rugby union club in the UK faced similar calls to change their name and logo due to offence it causes.

In 2009, the Middlesex Crusaders cricket club changed their name to the Middlesex Panthers after complaints from Jewish and Muslim communities about the link to the crusades.

Jihadi terror group Isil regularly brands US-led military action against its strongholds in Iraq and Syria as attacks by “western crusaders” against Muslim communities.

The Crusaders Athletic Club, which is Dublin’s biggest running club, is a non-religious organisation and members stress that its name has no direct association with the crusades in the Middle East.

It is understood that the majority of the runners in the club are in favour of retaining the club logo and name.

Organisers expect almost the entire team that it has entered in the Dublin City Marathon to wear older singlets which include the cross crest rather than the new ones ordered following the alleged attack on its website by Isis.

A Crusaders spokesman said there has been many versions of the club’s singlet since the organisation’s formation.

“Some have displayed the club’s emblem and some have not,” he said.

“This year we will have over 50 runners competing in the Dublin Marathon, each wearing a singlet of their choosing. Many will display the official club crest.”

The club has recently modernised its website to include new features and mobile optimisation. It said this was a scheduled and planned upgrade.

“Crusaders AC has no religious affiliations and is proud to have one of the largest memberships in Ireland,” the spokesman added.

“Our history is one of inclusivity and openness and we celebrate the diversity that comes with being a modern athletic club.”


The Crusaders AC may have no religious affiliation but if it weren’t for the various Crusades, Islam may have overtaken Europe a long time ago.

Dhimmitude in the US too:

Denver: Christian school dropping ‘Crusaders’ mascot to appease Muslims

Wisconsin: Christian College Drops ‘Crusaders’ Nickname Because…of Islam

8 Responses

  1. Let’s not forget WHY the crusades happened.

  2. WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shared to my public FB with my added comments:

    WAKE UP AMERICA! WE’RE NEXT!

    INCH BY INCH!! Just let the brain dead liberals say “well, its ONLY a small cross, what will it hurt to remove it?” Then next week, “Well, its just a licquer license, guess we can drop it.” Then next week, “Well, its just a pool, guess we can ask the female swimmers to stop wearing bikinis.” Then next week… GIVE AN INCH AND THEY WILL TAKE IT ALL EVENTUALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!

    IF THEY DON’T LIKE THE CROSS, ADD ANOTHER ONE!!!

    IF THEY DON’T LIKE DRINKS, OPEN A SECOND BAR CLOSER!!

    IF THEY DON’T LIKE BIKINIS, ALLOW TOPLESS!!

    JUST GET SOME BALLS AND STOP THIS BS!!!

    • Agreed! I’m learning about my enemy “Islam” & keep spreading what I know..So, if we all do our part we can kick A**

    • @mikekiljom. You’re definitely on the right track, mikekiljom. Kowtowing to these pychopaths is a one way street to the muzzrat slaughterhouse. In fact, I’d be willing to predict that if Hellary gets her slimy hands on our gov’t, we will see public decapitations of Christians and Jews in our streets within 1 year of her inauguration! No–they won’t be sanctioned, but neither will the murderers be dealt with. Hey, we all know it’s already happened under the current Traitor in Chief–in Okla.

  3. Parents left Ireland…came through Ellis Island….I don’t believe they would recognize Ireland today…Irish were once known for being Stubborn/fighting spirit…I see lil fight or push back…really saddens me…

  4. maybe that was part of obozos cyber war

  5. It’s too bad that even an Irish running club is that afraid of being called Racist that they give in to the muslim blackmailers. Gutless spineless Chickens and wimps, that’s ALL that Europe has to offer anymore!

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