Mail on Sunday becomes Daily Star

This has already been covered by Tabloid Watch, but it’s worth covering here just so you don’t miss out on the full splendour of the Mail on Sunday’s front page today:

Mail on Sunday

The article is also currently the leading story on the Mail website as well:

The article starts with some common claims:

The BBC has been accused of ‘absurd political correctness’ after dropping the terms BC and AD in case they offend non-Christians.

The Corporation has replaced the familiar Anno Domini (the year of Our Lord) and Before Christ with the obscure terms Common Era and Before Common Era.

That indiscriminate group of ‘non-Christians’ that secretly rule the world are at it again, and the BBC are clearly nothing more than an anti-Christian propaganda machine.

The truth in this matter, as Tabloid Watch points out, is very clear and contained within the article:

The BBC said last night: ‘The BBC has not issued editorial guidance on the date systems.

‘Both AD and BC, and CE and BCE are widely accepted date systems and the decision on which term to use lies with individual production and editorial teams.’

Indeed, the Mail complains that some presenters / programmes switch between the two – clearly evidencing that the BBC has made no attempt to banish AD / BC. It’s very depressing even writing about this subject given how utterly insignificant it is. It’s just pathetic that a national newspaper has nothing better to concern itself with than an embarrassing accusation about the irrelevant change in language that the BBC is merely reflecting in its programming.

But of course, this isn’t just harmless fluff because it is just part of the agenda to create an atmosphere of victimisation in which good old white Christians can’t even use AD/BC anymore because it offends ‘non-Christians’ – a term which is never going to be taken to mean atheists, but rather foreign people. Or, more specifically, as can be seen in the Mail comments section (530 and counting): Muslims.


UPDATE: James ‘wrong about everything, ever’ Delingpole has found himself part of the ‘Rightminds’ team and has come up with this: ‘How the BBC fell for a Marxist plot to destroy civilisation from within’. Seriously:

When you mention to a Muslim or Hindu that the year is 2011, do you ever feel a twinge of guilt about your closet religious chauvinism? When you watch the old Raquel Welch film One Million Years BC, do you blushingly avert your gaze from the title sequence? When you catch your children reading 2000AD, do you furiously insist that they read something less offensive, such as The Beano or The Dandy, instead?

Well, the BBC thinks you should and it is taking action on your behalf. No longer will its website refer to those bigoted, Christian-centric concepts AD (as in Anno Domini – the Year of Our Lord) and BC (Before Christ). From now on, it will use initials which strip our traditional Gregorian calendar of its offensive religious context. All reference to Christ has been expunged, replaced by the terms CE (Common Era) and BCE (Before Common Era).

He continues:

And so yet another small part of our tradition, language and culture takes a step closer to extinction. We didn’t ask for it; we didn’t want it; yet still it’s happening because a tiny minority of politically correct busybodies have wormed their way into institutions such as the BBC and taken control.

This then leads him to this nugget:

Their goal is to create a world where Left-wing thinking – on ‘fairness’, on race, on sexual equality, on the role of government – becomes the norm. So far, they are doing brilliantly.

Rightminds, again, demonstrating that it will happily publish any old rubbish, even when the basis of the entire dribbling, foam-mouthed rant is a complete fiction.

HT @LissyNumber

11 thoughts on “Mail on Sunday becomes Daily Star”

  1. When I was studying for a BA in History (before I dropped out), I was taught to use the terms BCE and CE rather than BC and AD. My memory of the reasons why are a bit fuzzy, but I’m pretty sure it’s because BCE/CE are scientific terms for time and BC/AD are considered religious terms.

    And Delingpole makes it sound like equality is a *bad* thing. “Oh no! Beware of the evil that is fairness!”

  2. Bwaaahaaahaaaa……Our plan to control everything is neraly complete! Today AD becomes CE! Tomorrow THE WORLD!

    Better get 007 on the case Mr. Dildopole

  3. Why has this all come up? I know Australia have done something about officially recognising BCE and CE (search Australia BCE ) and find lots of websites about it.

  4. “When you catch your children reading 2000AD, do you furiously insist that they read something less offensive, such as The Beano or The Dandy, instead?”

    erm, can’t say i’d be furious, but if i had kids who were in the age range the dandy is aimed at, i probably wouldn’t be letting them read 2000ad for a few years no.

  5. “This is absurd political correctness and these new terms do not mean anything to anyone. I think it’s an example of the BBC trying to undermine Christianity by pushing an aggressive secularism. Rev Peter Mullen”

    As opposed to a minority religion pushing aggressive religious dogma in using a term that no-one was consulted on?

  6. What a ridiculous story. Is the Mail so short of materal they have to dredge up something that’s decades old? The C in CE and BCE stands for “current”, not “common”, and it was introduced by those who do not, by choice, acknowledge Christianity. We do, after all, have freedom of choice. The EU has absolutely nothing to do with it. Honestly, can’t the Mail go out and find some leading politician in flagrante with an alpaca or something, instead of this sort of garbage?

  7. STOP THE PRESS! Now the insane leftist BBC want to move from AM and PM to TW and AT! Will no one save us from the evil robot Stalin’s plans? Perhaps Mr Cameron could, if he wasn’t crap.

  8. “We do, after all, have freedom of choice.”

    No, not really. All citizens of the UK have to realise that the country was founded on ‘Christian’ principles (whatever they may be – depends on who’s talking) and therefore we are all ‘Christians’ (apart from those who aren’t obviously) and that if you are ‘British’ or rather ‘Bri’ish’ (with the glottal stop) then you are gonna be Christian. Unless you’re not obviously but then you wouldn’t be British. Choice not coming into it.

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