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The real issues

I realize the religious right often get in a tizzy over minor issues or issues that have zero effect on them. I think this one, though, is on a whole ‘nother plane:

The Kentucky Board of Education has voted to take the first step in redefining how America dates time. The board voted to include a new secular system of dating the calendar, BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era), and added it to the BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini, Latin for “in the year of our Lord”) method.

The new secular system of time dating will appear in the curriculum and other materials used by Kentucky educators. This new system is already being included in textbooks across the nation.

The new method will replace the birth of Christ as the dividing point in history. For example, the new system would change 2006 AD (Anno Domini) to 2006 CE (Common Era).

It also opens the door for the ACLU to find a liberal activist judge who will forcefully remove the use of BC and AD. The ACLU types will claim that the use of BC and AD are a violation of the First Amendment because it dates history based on the birth of Christ.

Results will be shared with members of Congress.[their emphasis]

First off, CE and BCE are not that new. I have a book from 1982 which uses that system. Second, using it does make sense to me from an even-handed, scholarly perspective, but it’s not a huge deal. Third, it’s not replacing the birth of Jesus as the dividing point for history. If we were changing that, 2006 would change. Fourth, how does this open the door for anything? The ACLU can sue them right now over this. They won’t, because this is nothing more than a scare tactic by the AFA, but they could. But you can’t scare your followers into giving you a bit more money without some sort of enemy, right?

This is at the top of their webpage. Apparently, it’s really important. Unlike, say, caring for the poor or doing something about Darfur. It’s even above the article about Ford and the gay rodeo. Sheesh.

Categories: Church and State
  1. April 18, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    I have to assume they have never read anything by a Jewish author dealing with history, as they have been using CE and BCE for decades. You would think that they would have encountered in it histories of the “Holy Land”.

  2. April 18, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    Read something by a Jew? Are you mad?

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