Media Release

Friday October 21st, 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed assurances from the government that the historically significant dating terms of Before Christ (BC) and Anno Domini (AD) will continue to remain in the new National Curriculum.

Managing Director Jim Wallace said the comments by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority at yesterday’s Senate hearings was a win in the battle against political correctness.

“Using the terms BC and AD reflects the strong cultural basis of accepted time and dating practice throughout Western civilisation, which places the birth of Christ as the crucial turning point of history in the west,” he said.

“Using the terms Before Common Era (BCE) and Common Era (CE) attempt to ignore a historical reality which can never be erased – the birth of Christ,” he said.

Mr Wallace acknowledged comments from the authority at yesterday’s Senate hearings that the terms BCE and CE would be part of an optional suggested learning activity but expressed disappointment that they had been introduced without any proper consultation.

“We are disappointed that the terms BCE and CE have crept into academia in recent years without any proper public debate,” he said.