Wheaton College is removing a plaque meant to honor two missionaries that were slain in Ecuador while on a mission, the reason? The Plaque was deemed offensive.
Students and faculty demanded the school do something about the plaque, the school elected to assign a task force to investigate the plaque. The plaque was originally gifted to the school by the class of 1949 and read:
“for generations, all strangers were killed by these savage Indians. After many days of patient preparation and devout prayer, the missionaries made the first friendly contact known to history with the Aucas.”
Many took issue with the use of the word “Savage” to describe indigenous people.
NEW: Wheaton College removed a plaque honoring Christian missionaries because it uses the word “savage”.
The missionaries were speared to death, their bodies thrown in a river, while trying to make contact with an indigenous tribe in Ecuador in 1957. https://t.co/GgF2N2yUcC
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) March 17, 2021
The task force than found that it would be best to alter the plaque, but before they can do that they will be removing it.
From The Daily Caller:
Elliot and McCully, along with fellow missionaries Nate Saint, Peter Fleming and Roger Youderian, initially made friendly contact with the Waodani people, formerly known as the Auca, exchanging gifts with them for months. However, shortly after meeting face-to-face with the tribe, the five missionaries were murdered with spears and their bodies thrown into a river.
As of Wednesday, the plaque has been removed from Edman Chapel, The Spectator reported.