Australia goes PC and drops BC

Australia goes PC and drops BC from curriculum

By Bonnie Malkin, The Daily Telegraph September 3, 2011
Australian Christians are furious over changes to the national curriculum that will drop the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) from text books, replacing them with neutral, non-religious language.

Under the new politically correct curriculum, BC and AD will be replaced with BCE (Before Common Era), BP (Before Present) and CE (Common Era).

Peter Jensen, the Archbishop of Sydney, said that taking references to the birth of Christ out of schoolbooks was an “intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history.”

The changes have also angered conservatives in the opposition Liberal National Party, whose education spokesman, Christopher Pyne, said: “Kowtowing to political correctness by the embarrassing removal of AD and BC in our national curriculum is of a piece with the fundamental flaw of trying to deny who we are as a people.

“Australia is what it is today because of the foundations of our nation in the JudeoChristian heritage that we inherited from Western civilization.”

But the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority said the new terms were the increasingly common standard for representing dates.


2 thoughts on “Australia goes PC and drops BC

  1. I’m of the opinion that the use of BCE instead of BC is a wise decision as it is difficult to pin down the precise date that Jesus was born. Record keeping from that time is spotty in some of the areas of the Empire outside of Rome and many of the preexisting native records were frequently destroyed as a result of looting and such by the Roman army at the time they established occupation. That, however, is just my $0.02. 🙂

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