I am stunned that someone actually felt the terms B.C. and A.D. need to be changed because they refer to Christianity. But in this article, the reversal of this decision is discussed.
The museum, like many institutions that study history, some time ago dropped BC (for “before Christ”) and AD (for “anno Domini,” the Latin phrase for “in the year of the Lord”) in describing dates. Instead, it has used CE (for “common era”) and BCE (before the common era). But no more.
How screwed up is that?
The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa went with the new terms but are reversing the decision for interactions with the public and only maintaining the BCE and CE terms for academic purposes. Why even bother?
The best quote to describe this was made by Kelly McParland, who said:
It’s my opinion that the museum is playing with fire. Maybe that’s why they’re changing their own name from Canadian Museum of Civilization to the Canadian Museum of History. Which is presumably being done to avoid offending the uncivilized.