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

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:

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Posted: 3rd, October 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (2)