Word this week that the BBC would like to adopt the phrase ‘common era’ as a replacement for the nationally accepted ‘A.D.’
Let’s look at the origins of this classic piece of politically correct bullshit…
The expression “Common Era” can be found as early as 1708 in English and traced back to Latin usage among European Christians to 1615, as vulgaris aerae, and to 1635 in English as Vulgar Era. At those times, the expressions were all used interchangeably with “Christian Era”, and “vulgar” meant “not regal” rather than “crudely indecent”.
Use of the CE abbreviation was introduced by Jewish academics in the mid-19th century. Dates before the year 1 CE are indicated by the usage of BCE, short for “Before the Common Era”.
The “Common Era” (CE/BCE) notation has been adopted by numerous authors and publishers wishing to be “neutral” or “sensitive to non-Christians” because it does not explicitly make use of religious titles for Jesus, such as “Christ” and Dominus (“Lord”), which are used in the BC/AD notation, nor does it give implicit expression to the Christian creed that Jesus was the Christ.
So it would appear it’s nothing new and it baffles me as to why the BBC should be bothering with it at this late stage.
It’s time that it was accepted that the UK is a Christian country and that whilst it is tolerant and relaxed about the religious views of it’s citizens, it should not apologise for being Christian.
For the BBC to be even considering this change indicates to me that it is clearly employing idiots with nothing worthwhile to contribute and therefore blatently wasting its license payers’ money as well as holding itself out to be a laughing stock…