Do You Know What Century We're In?

A question a lot of us would love to ask when talking to Christianist whackos. The thing is, the want to change it. Literally. From the AFA website:

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.
I'm going to ignore the fact (they always ignor facts, so can I) that as near as can be determined, Jesus was born (assuming he existed) sometime around 4 BCE, not the year 'zero.'

These people call themselves Christians. It seems to me that a real Christain would be more concerned with the hungry, the poor, the homeless and the truly oppressed and less concerned about what letters follow dates that are already arbitrary.

We should be concerned that that most Americans couldn't tell you what AD, BC, CE or BCE stand for. We should be MORE concerned that people don't know history in general! What happend in 476? What happened in 1066? What happened in 1492? If people don't know, what the hell diference does it make if those years are Anno Domini or Common Era?

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