Oct 3 2011
Objecting to the use of Christ’s birth to mark each year is political correctness on steroids, as voiced by the British public’s outrage over the BBC’s desire to replace the designations BC with BCE (Before Common Era) and AD with CE (Common Era).
(Notice how this was never a problem for Jews, Hindus, or Buddhists. Only since Muslim invaders have been flocking to Britain, has it become an issue)
UK DAILY MAIL Finally, the British Government steps in when they should, moving to safeguard BC and AD.
The BBC believes BC and AD are offensive to non-Christians (aka Muslims) and has started to use the ‘religiously neutral’ alternatives on websites and in programmes including University Challenge and Radio 4’s In Our Time.
The decision has prompted an avalanche of complaints from viewers, Christian groups, politicians including London Mayor Boris Johnson, and even some of the BBC’s own star presenters, who have vowed to stick with the traditional terms.
And there was further embarrassment for the Corporation last night when the Government publicly championed the use of BC and AD. A spokesman for the Department for Education said there was nothing offensive about BC and AD, and urged teachers to keep using them in lessons. He said: ‘It is common sense for schools to use BC and AD in everyday teaching because that’s the most widely used and understood way of dating historical events.
The Government’s intervention will be welcomed by Christian groups who fear that the switch to BCE and CE is part of a concerted attempt to ‘airbrush’ Christianity from national life.
The Mail on Sunday has established that dozens of universities, museums, leading historians and even the retailer W H Smith have either dropped BC and AD entirely or they are using it alongside the alternative BCE and CE system.
The Usborne Encyclopedia Of World Religions For Children uses the terms in all of its chapters including the one on Christianity. And a guide for 11 to 14-year-olds studying Key Stage Three History uses the modern terms in its section about Ancient Rome. The book says the Romans conquered Britain in 43 CE and that their hold on power lasted until the 5th Century CE. The BBC uses BCE and CE in its Bitesize GCSE History book. Dozens of universities including the Open University, which is Britain’s largest, are also using the terms in particular courses.
The OU’s online study guides for classical history, Latin and religion are littered with the terms and even Christ’s birth and death dates are presented in terms of BCE and CE.
The British Council’s website states: ‘The terms CE and BCE are relatively old terms that have experienced increased usage in recent years. They are identical to BC and AD and may eventually replace them.’