Students in a group called "Diversity Connection" at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas are objecting to the phrase "In the Year of Our Lord" which is printed on diplomas from that college. They've asked the trustees to remove it because they say, "By having the phrase 'In the Year of Our Lord,' it is directly
referencing Jesus Christ, and not everyone believes in Jesus Christ."
This is an example of what Foundation speaker and Islam expert Robert Spencer refers to as the stealth jihad. His book, Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs, argues that small steps like this are moving our country toward Islamic law, which should not be tolerated because it infringes on our constitutional freedoms.
This controversy seems out of place given the treatment of Muslim students at Trinity. Even Isaac Medina, a Muslim student who is working to change the wording of the diploma, says he feels welcome on campus. The campus chapel even added a Muslim prayer space recently.
The Board of Trustees will consider this matter in May. In the meantime, University president Dennis Ahlburg says that Trinity should not ignore its cultural and religious heritage. We agree.