by John Richardson
The hot topic of the weekend was the rumoured decision of the BBC to do away with the designation 'BC' and 'AD' in order not to offend members of others faiths and none.
Let me be the first to say this does not go far enough! As anyone who has recently visited the entrance hall to the old Broadcasting House will know, the Latin inscription facing them near the lifts reads,
DEO OMNIPOTENTI TEMPLUM HOC ARTIUM ET MUSARUM ANNO DOMINI MCMXXXI RECTORE JOHANNI REITH PRIMI DEDICANT GUBERNATORES PRECANTES UT MESSEM BONAM BONA PROFERAT SEMENTIS UT IMMUNDA OMNIA ET INIMICA PACI EXPELLANTUR UT QUAECUNQUE PULCHRA SUNT ET SINCERA QUACUNQUE BONAE FAMAE AD HAEC AVREM INCLINANS POPULUS VIRTUTIS ET SAPIENTIAE SEMITAM INSISTAT.
For those who might need a translation, the English version would be:
This Temple of the Arts and Muses is dedicated to ALMIGHTY GOD by the first Governors of Broadcasting in THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1931, Sir John Reith being Director- General. It is their prayer that good seed sown may bring forth a good harvest, that all things hostile to peace or purity may be banished from this house, and that the people, inclining their ear to whatsoever things are beautiful and honest and of good report, may tread the path of wisdom and uprightness.
Read Cranmer's Curate here
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