Myra Adams, owner of the Jesus Store, where you can buy “divinely inspired Christian jewelry” (with lots of diamonds, of course, because what says praise the lord better than a gem that gets people killed and oppressed to procure), is clutching her pearls over what she terms the persecution of Christians that takes place when people use CE and BCE rather than AD and BC:
Daily headlines prove that Christian persecution has reached epidemic proportions, creating a global humanitarian and political crisis, most notably in the Middle East and Africa.
Concurrently, all Christians throughout the world are experiencing another form of persecution. On the surface it is peaceful and silent, but underneath just as deadly as the physical kind sans the torture, beheadings and refugees. This subtle form of Christian persecution is so quiet that Christianity’s 2.4 billion followers are largely unaware that it is even happening. The “persecution” to which I refer comes from pressure by society and popular culture to abandon traditional B.C./A.D. time dating in favor of B.C.E./C.E dating now quickly gaining worldwide acceptance. For those unfamiliar, let’s define all the terms.
B.C. stands for Before Christ and A.D. represents Anno Domini, Latin for “in the year of our Lord.”
B.C.E. stands for Before the Common Era, while C.E. means Common Era.
Given my religious background as a Jewish convert to Christianity since 1975, I feel compelled to take a stand against this “time dating persecution,” which is also a de facto war against Christianity and one Christians are slowing losing…Given my religious background as a Jewish convert to Christianity since 1975, I feel compelled to take a stand against this “time dating persecution,” which is also a de facto war against Christianity and one Christians are slowing losing.
For me, it all started back in 1963 when my 8-year-old ears first heard the historic dating terms B.C.E. and C.E. while attending Hebrew school at our local temple.
After asking my teacher what the initials B.C.E. and C.E. represented, she mouthed the words, but neglected to define “Common Era” itself. I remember wondering why, if this Common Era was so “common,” I had never heard of it – not an unreasonable thought considering that I attended public elementary school where the term “B.C.” was always associated with ancient history – especially dinosaurs and cavemen.
As the 20th century progressed, and throughout my education and adult life experiences, the terms B.C. and A.D. reigned supreme as the demarcation line separating ancient from “modern” history.
Now, 15 years into the 21st century I have begun to notice a vast increase in the use of those old Hebrew school terms B.C.E. and C.E. in museums, online, in print and on television.
Not only are Christians being oppressed and persecuted by the use of CE and BCE, they’re being oppressed by the Jews. Oh, sweet irony. 1800 years of Christian pogroms against Jews that resulted in vast numbers of them maimed, exiled and killed and this dolt thinks a dating system that does not reference her religious beliefs, used by those who don’t share those religious beliefs, is persecution. I don’t know how you parody this stuff, folks.