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How The Islamophobic Daily Mail Spun A Lie About The BBC Banning BC And AD

by | 3rd, October 2011

HAVE you been following the Daily Mail’s news that the BBC has banned the use of BC and AD on dates? Did you know that the BBC has changed BC and AD to the more “politically correct” CE and BCE?

Chris Hastings, Melanie Phillips (who deep into her rant admitted that she herself prefers to use “BCE” and “CE”) and Peter Hitchens were all on mesage. James Delingpole agreed. Yep, the BBC was banning Jesus, and in so doing was letting in the Marxists and destroying the country’s moral fabric. The BBC said the story was untrue . But the Mail knew that it alone was correct even if proof said otherwise .

We were given a list of suspects:

The BBC’s religious and ethics department says the changes are necessary to avoid offending non-Christians… Some of the BBC’s most popular programmes including University Challenge, presented by Jeremy Paxman, and Radio 4’s In Our Time, hosted by Melvyn Bragg, are among the growing number of shows using the new descriptions.

The Mail even spotted a Muslim:

The website for BBC Religion and Ethics, headed by commissioning editor Aaqil Ahmed, who is a Muslim, is littered with references to Common Era and Before Common Era

Those words replaced an earlier caption which said:

the Corporation say, bizarrely, the change has nothing to [do] with Mr Ahmed

The Mail has form on the news that the BBC is anti-Christian:

Don Maclean, a former presenter on BBC Radio 2, told the  Mail back in  2009:

Mr Maclean said: “They’re keen on Islam, they’re keen on programmes that attack the Christian church. I know there are things that need to be brought forward, but you don’t see any programmes on Anglicanism that don’t talk about homosexual clergy and you don’t see anything on Roman Catholicism that don’t talk about paedophiles. They seem to take the negative angle every time.  They don’t do that if they’re doing programmes on Islam.  Programmes on Islam are always supportive. …He said: “I think there’s a secularist movement in this country to get rid of Christianity.  Something must be done.”

And having lamented the his impression that the BBC links Christianity with negativity, he said:

The presenter claimed “the last thing we want is war on the streets” adding that “we need all the moderate Muslims to stand up and be counted”. He added: “They’re all in private telling you how dreadful they think Islamic terrorism is, but they’re not forming together in a group and standing up against it.”

Because all Muslims are involved in the terror game, right? How’s that for positivity?

Even after the BBC had stated that the story on the BC / AD ban was utter bollocks, Richard Littlejohn managed to tell Mail readers:

Only this week the BBC announced it was scrapping references to AD and BC because it didn’t want to offend, or discriminate against, non-Christians. To hell with the millions of Christians who pay the licence fee.

Even after the BBC had said it was nonsense, the Mail’s Steve Doughty wrote :

The finding that the nation remains overwhelmingly Christian comes days after it emerged that BBC programme-makers have been put under pressure to stop describing dates as BC or AD.
Instead, they have been told to use the non-Christian

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