The White House, inadvertently I'm quite sure, made my point that this is a Christian nation by dropping the phrase "in the year of our Lord" off a proclamation celebrating Jewish Heritage Month.
Politico observes that the phrase, though "archaic," has "rankled Jewish groups" in the past. Well, why would what Politico calls a "boilerplate" dating method be offensive to Jews? For this obvious reason: the simple fact that we date every legal document in the history of our nation to the birth of Jesus Christ is conclusive proof that we are a Christian nation.
Israel doesn't use the anno domini system for one simple reason: Jesus is not Lord in Israel. Arab nations don't use it either, for the same reason: Jesus is not Lord in Muslim lands. Jesus is honored as Lord only in the West in general and in the United States in particular.
In fact, the Jews date everything back to the creation of Adam, making this the year 5771. This makes the nation of Israel officially a supporter of the young earth position for which creationists are lampooned. Who knew?
The bottom line: the White House has just proved, through this bumbling act of political correctness, that the United States is a Christian nation. Politico even manages to grudgingly admit this by concluding, "And regardless of the phrase employed, the year is still calculated from the birth of Christ, after all."
This may be the first official act of the president for which I am grateful.
Here is Politico's piece:
White House drops Christian dating for Jewish proclamation
The White House, in the midst of an intense charm offensive aimed at the Jewish and pro-Israel communities, has dropped an archaic phrase that has, in the past, rankled Jewish groups.
The use of the proclamation boilerplate "in the year of our Lord" for a celebration of Jewish Heritage Month had struck a slightly off-key note for Jewish groups in Obama's last proclamation, as in those of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
This year, the phrase has been replaced by the simple phrase, "in the year two thousand ten.”
Steven Freeman, an official at the Anti-Defamation League, tells Andrew Silow-Carroll that "we see it as a welcome, sensitive, and attentive gesture," though it doesn't seem ever to have been a major bone of contention.
And regardless of the phrase employed, the year is still calculated from the birth of Christ, after all.