England: BBC Replaces “Before and After Christ (AD and BC)” with “before and after the Common Era (BCE and CE)”

Source: FSSPX News

The British newspaper the Telegraph on September 25th announced the decision of the BBC to have its presenters use the religiously neutral terms “before and after the Common Era – BCE and CE” instead of “before and after Christ – BC and AD” so as not to offend non-Christian listeners.

The decision met with strong reactions within the great house of British radio. The next day, September 26th, the Telegraph called on Boris Johnson, politician and journalist, and mayor of London since 2008, who presented a television documentary on the Roman Empire on the BBC. Denouncing the decision as “not only puerile, spineless and absurd, but also profoundly anti-democratic,” he declared himself against such a “politically correct” attitude. The decision by the Emperor Constantine in A.D. 330 to adopt our current calendar has been followed for over 1500 years by the entire world. Boris Johnson then asks if, logically, the BBC will choose a new calendar? Andrew Marr, a political commentator states, “I say AD and BC because that’s what I understand . . . I don’t know what the ‘common era’ is. Why is it the ‘common era’ in 20 AD and it wasn’t the ‘common era’ in 20 BC? "

L'Osservatore Romano also reacted in its October 5, 2011 edition. “It is a historically insensitive hypocrisy;” writes the Italian historian Lucetta Scaraffia, an editorial writer for the Vatican newspaper, “to deny the cultural debt of civilization towards Christianity is all that is most anti-historical. . . It is sadly now clear,” she adds, “that respect for other religions is just an excuse; because those who want to erase all traces of Christianity in western civilization are just a few secular westerners.”

Proposed by the broadcaster’s ethics specialists, the decision provoked such reactions among the presenters that the BBC finally indicated that nothing had been decided on the matter  and did not impose the change, but offered the option to the staff. (Sources: apic / imedia / DailyTelegraph - DICI No. 243 of 10/28/11)