Australia Strikes Christ's Birth as History Marker

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Australian history books will no longer use Jesus' birth as a reference point for dates, to the outrage of some religious and political leaders.

Under new government curriculum, the terms BC, translated "Before Christ," and AD, translated "The Year of Our Lord," will be replaced with neutral, non-religious language.

The land down under will now use the politically correct BCE and CE, meaning "Before Common Era" and "Common Era" respectively.

The terms are popular in academic and scientific publications.
    
Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen has condemned the move, calling it an "intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history."

Christopher Pyne, with Australia's Liberal National Party, also criticized the decision. 

"Australia is what it is today because of the foundations of our nation in the Judeo-Christian heritage that we inherited from Western civilization," he said.

"Kowtowing to political correctness by the embarrassing removal of AD and BC in our national curriculum is of a piece with the fundamental flaw of trying to deny who we are as a people," he added.

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