Australian Christians are furious over changes to the national curriculum that will drop the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) from text books, replacing them with neutral, non-religious language.

Under the new politically correct curriculum, BC and AD will be replaced with BCE (Before Common Era), BP (Before Present) and CE (Common Era).

Peter Jensen, the Archbishop of Sydney, said that taking references to the birth of Christ out of schoolbooks was an “intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history”.

The changes have also angered conservatives in the opposition Liberal National Party, whose education spokesman, Christopher Pyne, 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. Australia is what it is today because of the foundations of our nation in the Judeo-Christian heritage that we inherited from Western civilization.”

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