Is this a rock or not? I Would like to know

Bill Rea cctr114 at
Sun Feb 18 17:40:20 EST 2001

Ian wrote:-

>(And it is normally accepted to use "CE" -- Common Era -- and "BCE", rather
>than the Christian biased "AD" (which you used in your initial post on the
>matter) and "BC" in scholarly circles. This is the imposition religious
>beliefs through indirect cultural means.)

Of course, one could always ask -- "Common" to whom? Dressing up a
Christian dating system with "neutral" language doesn't change its
Christian nature, so why do the CE/BCE thing at all? If someone is
going to be offended by the date 2001 A.D., then they should be equally
offended by 2001 anything. 

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