In the community where I work, there is a church which regularly puts a message out on its sign alongside the road. Nothing surprising here; many churches in the area have something similar. And while most messages are of a somewhat fundamentalist bent, they generally don’t give me the creeps. But this latest one did:
“Sign your children up to join our Kids Krusade!”
That one didn’t work for me on three levels.
Firstly, it recalled the whole clusterf**k that was the Crusades, which represented some real barbarity thinly veiled as a noble cause.
Secondly, the Children’s Crusade itself, while at least part legend, recalls a horrible fate inflicted on unwanted youth in Europe. Slavery, sexual abuse, early death in an unmarked grave, etc.
And last, “Krusade” with a K??? Geeze, do the kids need to bring their own white sheets?