This year Reginald Mayo, the Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools, removed the phrase ‘In the Year of Our Lord’ from diplomas, based on a single complaint, and revealed that his 37 years in the education field haven’t taught him much.
It’s a religious thing. I’m surprised it took this long for someone to notice it. We certainly don’t want to offend anyone.
The ‘thing’ Mayo refers to is the Gregorian calendar.
“In the Year of Our Lord” is an English translation of the Latin phrase ‘Anno Domini’ -abbreviated as A.D. in general use around the globe:
The Gregorian calendar contains the previous year numbers system based on the Anno Domini system…the year-numbering system is the predominant international standard used today.
Mayo shouldn’t be surprised that ‘it took this long for someone to notice it’ since the reading levels in New Haven along with the dropout rates are abysmal in the public school system. This from the New Haven Register, May 16, 2010:
Enormously expensive new school construction has not made a dent in performance, which remains in the bottom 10% of all school districts in the state. Graduation rates, dropout rates, performance on basic reading and math tests are all now recognized as extremely poor
Perhaps Mayo should focus his energies in those areas instead of appeasing organizations like the American Humanist Association. Bob Ritter, a staff lawyer for the AHA, chimed in on the controversy:
It removes the bias toward Christianity and puts all New Haven students on an equal plain without religious bias.
Members of the Humanist organization who were invited to the White House for the first time in history on February 26 may see the Gregorian calendar with its religious origins as an affront to faiths and non-faiths other than Christianity. For them, it’s just not “equal” enough.
Of course, the lawyers for AHA couldn’t care less about turning out students who are functionally illiterate as long as they are ‘equally illiterate.’ Besides, who else will buy their propaganda?
In any case the removal of the phrase, ‘In the Year of our Lord’ with its obvious relation to a calendar used worldwide borders on the absurd. In a country where 78.4% of religious adults identify themselves as Christian, the incident in New Haven stands as another example of a political anti-Christian maneuver by the Left.