Gotta love this story.
An alumnus of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas is angry because there’s a highly-offensive religious reference on his diploma.
“traditional Christian doctrine…commonly expressed as the claim that the one God “exists as” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, or as the claim that there are three divine persons “in” God, or as the claim that God “exists in three Persons”.
[The name Trinity appealed to the school's Presbyterian founders, in part, because the school was created after three smaller Presbyterian schools merged. But the founders hardly unaware of the religious significance of the term.]
The alumnus is also unbothered, apparently, by the reference on his sheepskin to Fernando Martins de Bulhões, also known as St. Anthony or San Antonio. Yes, before San Antonio was a Spur or a city or a Riverwalk, he was a Catholic Saint.
So why is the alumnus in a dither? Because the diploma contains the phrase “in the year of our Lord” to indicate the date the degree was earned.
Here’s what the AP says.
TX students want ‘Our Lord’ removed from diplomas
Some Trinity University students want the San Antonio school to drop the words “Our Lord” from their diplomas — saying the reference doesn’t respect the diversity of religions on campus.
Sidra Qureshi, a Muslim student and president of Trinity Diversity Connection, tells the San Antonio Express-News that the wording should be tweaked. The student government agrees, and school trustees are expected to consider the request in May.
Other students and President Dennis Ahlburg say references to the school’s Presbyterian roots are appropriate and unobtrusive. Founded in 1869, Trinity has been governed by an independent board since 1969 but maintains a “covenant relationship” with the church.