The Daily Mail have today been accused of ‘an attack on Christianity’ after choosing to use the controversial politically-correct C.E. date format – showing blatant disregard for the AD/BC system based around the year of OUR lord. Critics suggest that a Diktat has been issued by senior staff to all journalists to scrap the use of AD/BC with immediate effect.
The guilty article carries the byline ‘Daily Mail Reporter’ suggesting that the writer is afraid of suffering from an aggressive backlash from the ‘ageing dinosaurs’ that make up a large proportion of the Daily Mail newsroom. The article brazenly uses C.E. without even offering the AD/BC equivalent:
The same object that dazzled skygazers in 1054 C.E. continues to fascinate astronomers today by pumping out radiation at higher energies than anyone expected.
Sources suggest that several big name columnists are set to ignore the Diktat – with Richard Littlejohn reported as saying: ‘Luckily my only terms of historical references are 70’s cop shows, the Carry on films and 80’s sitcoms so although I will make a point of only using AD/BC my readers might not notice’. Other senior figures at the newspaper have labelled the decision as ‘barmy’ and ‘political-correctness gone mad’. Some have suggested the terms are being quietly written out of history in order to ‘avoid antagonising Muslims’ and ‘the flood of immigrants that swamped this country under New Labour’.
An unnamed source quoted Paul Dacre as launching a ‘tirade’ on the subject as he insisted his staff ‘stop living in some kind of fake 1950’s Utopian that had never existed’. Indeed, Dacre – known for his modern outlook – has been battling to enforce his liberal vision of Britain onto the Daily Mail’s writing team throughout his loyal years of service and this is just his latest attempt to embed what he describes as ‘multi-cultural marxism’ into the house style and editorial outlook of the newspaper.
For his dwindling Christian readership this might be one step too far from the daringly liberal, forward-thinking Dacre and critics suggest that a national boycott might occur.
The Daily Mail have now changed the article:
The same object that dazzled skygazers in 1054AD continues to fascinate astronomers today by pumping out radiation at higher energies than anyone expected.
Initially they updated it to BC, rather than AD which is amusing.