A group of students at Trinity University in Texas wants the Christian-rooted school to remove the words “Our Lord” from their diplomas, the Houston Chronicle reported.
“A diploma is a very personal item, and people want to proudly display it in their offices and homes,” Sidra Qureshi, president of Trinity Diversity Connection, told the Chronicle. “By having the phrase ‘In the Year of Our Lord,’ it is directly referencing Jesus Christ, and not everyone believes in Jesus Christ.”
Qureshi, a Muslim student at the school, is leading the campaign to remove the words. The Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the matter during a meeting next month.
The school’s student government association and a commencement committee already has thrown their support behind the proposal. But not everyone supports changing the diplomas.
“Any cultural reference, even if it is religious, our first instinct should not be to remove it, but to accept it and tolerate it,” said Brendan McNamara, president of the College Republicans. “Once you remove that phrase, where do you draw the line?”
The school was founded by Presbyterians in 1869 and has been governed by an independent board of trustees since 1969.