The Corporation has decided to replace the familiar Anno Domini (the year of Our Lord) and Before Christ with the obscure terms Common Era and Before Common Era.
Coming out staunchly in defense of it’s ideological ally The Guardian published a piece today entitled Reality check: has the BBC dropped the terms BC/AD? The verdit given? No, the BBC hasn’t dropped the use of BC and AD, but one website editor decided that BCE/CE was more appropriate. The article then processds to attack Boris Johnson, Melanie Phillips and Christian Today, of “pitching on the wider accusation”, and spreading anti BBC properganda.
The Guardian is naturally and somewhat disingeniously, lying through it’s front teeth as a visit to the BBC website FAQ will demonstrate.
In line with modern practice bbc.co.uk/religion uses BCE/CE (Before Common Era/Common Era) as a religiously neutral alternative to BC/AD. As the BBC is committed to impartiality it is appropriate that we use terms that do not offend or alienate non-Christians.
It would be rather odd for the BBC to defend it’s use of BCE/CE if it weren’t actually the case, however weak the “in line with modern practice” defense is. Indeed University Challenge, presented by Jeremy Paxman, and Radio 4’s In Our Time, hosted by Melvyn Bragg, are among the growing number of shows using the new terms.
The BBC has been accused of political correctness gone mad but this misses the point entirely. There is nothing mad about what is going on here. This is nothing less than an insidious and concerted effort by the multicultural Left to airbrush out Christian heritage from Britain’s history. When combined with other bastions of hard left power, such as the teaching unions and publishing houses – it is a very powerful weapon indeed.
This is, most readers will recognise, George Orwell’s prophesy of Newspeak. Before Christ has been deemed Oldspeak, unnacceptable heresy. Becsause it serves as a reminder of our Christian heritage built into our date system and as such must be expunged.
Newspeak had the aim of making subversive thought (“thoughtcrime”) and speech to be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods.
Many mistakenly belief that the BBC is politically correct because it is terrified of causing offense. Nothing could be further from the truth – the BBC is more than happy to offend those it regards as it’s class enemies. Political Correctness is merely a term it hides behind as it attempts to implement piecemeal a new lexicon which will deny a new generation a true understanding of their history and cultural origins.
And who is funding for this Socialist properganda? Every television owner in Blightly, whether they like it or not. Pay up or go to jail. Enough is enough. If I want to finance Marxist dribble I can buy the New Statesman. Why should any sane person be forced to finance the delusions of these sad failed student politicians?
Boycott the BBC license fee now.