Sunday, November 21, 2004

A.C.E., My Ass

One of the more irritating manifestations of political correctness--and there are many--is the useage of B.C.E. and A.C.E (i.e. "Before/After the Common Era") instead of B.C. and A.D. I've railed against it for quite a while, arguing that it's a pathetic attempt to remove the obvious meaning of a perfectly clear word; call it what you want, but the date refers the (best estimate) of the birth of Christ and that's an end to it.

But a new argument struck me today; shouldn't the new set of words be vastly more offensive? B.C. and A.D. reference a specific event that is important to our civilization; no value judgement is offered beyond that. There is nothing to imply that our system is superior to any other; we use Jesus, Muslims use Mohammed, etc, etc. They're just different. But now, some ivy-towered prick who feels uncomfortable referencing religion every footnote comes up with a new system that--while obstensively created to be more sensitive--demonstrates far, far, far greater hubris, self-importence, and arrogance than the original. Exactly, what Common Era are we referring to here? Hmm? Ahh! The Common Era! The One and Only, mine and yours. Oh, I see the light!



Blogger Darren said...

Actually, the whole BCE and CE nomenclature came about because Jews were uncomfortable referencing "christ" since that word itself implies a judgment as to his god-hood. If we don't believe in Christianity, it is utterly appropriate for us not to buy into what we don't believe in. Your reaction is a bit harsh -- it's against my religion (which predates yours, bucko!) to recognize the "christ-hood" of anyone.

January 10, 2005 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Guatemalan Dream said...

Hmmm Well bucko my religion predate yours ,no religion, And it is arrogant and offensive to nonbelievers to use any of this mythical skydaddy garbage to reference anything in the public realm.
But that is the world we live in. How about A.Z. And B.Z., Zeus should get his due after all.

September 10, 2009 at 5:51 AM  

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