<a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--bcnotpc0325mar25,0,2683756.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork">link here</a><br><br>snippet: <blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> In a growing number of schools, educators are changing B.C. _ which stands for Before Christ _ to B.C.E. for Before Common Era. <p><hr></blockquote><p>does this make sense to you?<br><br>--<br>Straw-man rhetorical techniques are the practice of refuting weaker arguments than one's opponents offer. 2 "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is 2 create a position easily refuted, then attribute that position to your opponent.
It makes sense, but I'd say keep it the way it is. However, I don't feel too strongly about it. I'm sure it's changed to avoid offending of those who don't believe in Christ, but on the other hand our time system is based on that belief. Besides, I've never met anyone who has been offended by it either.<br><br>I'll give that a solid "meh."<br><br><br>
Depends on how you view Christ. If it's from a purely religious position, then in this age of political over-correctness, it's probably a defensive move. If you see Christ in a historical/social/humanities context, then who cares what the era is called.<br><br>
the date was obviously created based on the god, man, myth, historical figure that is called christ. i don't think we should start renaming things to try and pretend this isn't the case. i am quite surprised that people somewhere are really changing it. wow. <br><br>--<br>Straw-man rhetorical techniques are the practice of refuting weaker arguments than one's opponents offer. 2 "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is 2 create a position easily refuted, then attribute that position to your opponent.
Way I see it, it's one of three things:<br>1) People with too much time on their hands looking to find insignificant details to be "offended" by.<br>2) Academia inventing terms to show their superiority over the average Joe, who has no idea what they're talking about.<br>3) A way to artificially create a generation gap, by teaching kids new terms (that add no benefit) but that their parents will have no clues what their kids are learning.<br><br>As to the globalisation argument. Were they planning to eliminate the arabic calendar, or maybe the jewish calendar.<br><br>How about removing the names of Roman gods for our month names or Scandanavian gods for our days of the week......you know, I think I might get "offended" by using pagan religions gods to name time periods in the modern day....oh I'm sorry "common era"<br><br>
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This sounds like another effort to remove any reminder of morals and decent living standards.<br><br>History proves that Christ existed. There's debate about other factors but it's generaly agreed the man lived.<br><br>But people are doing everything they can to wipe out things that stand for adhearing to goodlyness (for lack of a better word). <br><br>Not only that, but it's an attack against Christians. And based on what? Seperation of Church and State? It doesn't exist! <br>People spout off Seperation of Church and State like there's no tomorrow. It doesn't exist. Not in the Bill of Rights, not in the Consitution.<br><br>"ACLU lawyer Leo Pfeffer wrote the decision for the Everson case inserting the words, "separation of church and state." Hugo Black ran it up the flagpole. The Court was divided 4-4. Black also voted for it, and so it became a part of our law. One man, led by the ACLU, gave it to us - not in 1789, but in 1947, and ever since then the ACLU has been taking this brickbat they created and beating Christians into the ground with it"<br>LINK<br><br>
I'm not a Christian, but I do view Christ as a historical figure, therefore the "before Christ" label doesn't offend me. <br><br>Neither does the "In God We Trust" printed on all the currency. I view God as a generic term, meaning trusting in a higher power. <br><br>Only a hardcore athiest with nothing better to do would care. <br><br>
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No. <br><br>No one's asking anyone to become a Christian when using the current system. The Jews and Chinese, and I'm sure many others, use their own calendars in certain situations. <br><br>It seems like a silly waste of energy, kind of like when corporations started changing their "employment" offices to "personnel," and then to "human resources," and now there's another name that's becoming popular, but I'm not keeping track of this silly trend very closely. That being said, if the majority of people in the U.S. want to change where we begin our dating system, then fine. It won't affect my faith.<br><br>Thanks for the link.<br><br>[b][color:green]Stumpy</font color=green>[b]
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It makes sense that some "educators" might do it, but it's never been claimed that they have a monoply on sense.I suppose that's no worse than the head of the ADA referring to the founding fathers as the "founding parents".<br><br>
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