Some UK Schools Have Removed B.C. and A.D. Dating from Religious Education Classes

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: October 1, 2017

B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini, meaning "in the year of the Lord"), have been replaced with B.C.E., which stands for Before Common Era, and C.E., meaning Common Era. The changes were justified "to show sensitivity to those who are not Christians."

Representatives of the Muslim and Jewish communities said that they were not offended by the terms B.C. and A.D. being used in religious education classes.  Imam Ibrahim Mogra, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said about the B.C. and A.D. dating: "I don't believe it causes Muslims offence." Similarly, a spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: "I don't think anyone would mind if in mainstream schools they use B.C. and A.D." Sources: Christian Post and Mail on Sunday