FRANKFORT, Ky. – The state school board on Wednesday scrapped a plan to teach students about an alternative to the calendar terms B.C. and A.D., which carry religious overtones.
The board, with six new members appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, reversed a decision two months ago that had sparked a religious debate in Kentucky.
The traditional B.C. and A.D. designations mean Before Christ and Anno Domini, Latin for "in the year of the Lord." The board on April 11 adopted curriculum changes that included teaching the designations B.C.E., for Before Common Era, and C.E., for Common Era.
The change drew criticism from some activist ministers and religious groups. Some conservative Christians complained the change was an attempt to sterilize a reference to Christ.
"It’s part of a larger effort to expunge religious references in our culture," said Martin Cothran, a policy analyst at The Family Foundation, a conservative group based in Lexington. "I think it’s not something that’s coming from regular people. It’s coming from certain other sectors of our society who think that we ought not to talk about religion in our public life."
The new abbreviations would have been added to the traditional B.C. and A.D. references.
State education officials have defended the new terms, saying they are coming into widespread use and would likely show up on college placement tests.
This just proves that the whole B.C.E and C.E debacle proves that modern secularist are more gutless than their French Enlightenment Counterparts who created a totally new dating system not based on when Christ was born and changed the numbers of days in the week as an attack against the Church. To only change the abbreviation and not the central point that divides the two eras is just plain silliness since their new convention still points to Christ as the central event that brings us into the common era.
Though one of the funniest things I have seen is a Catholic school with the letters Built 2000 C.E. prominently displayed on the facade.