It finally happened. The radical secularists of the European Union have banned Christ. Henceforth, the EU mandates that "Jesus Christ" must be spelled "Jesus christ." "Christ" must be "christ." There can be no uppercase "C" used to spell the name/title "Christ."
The rationale behind this is not obvious. I have seen commentators blaming political correctness, which seems likely. But, still, what is the justification? If it is treated as a name, as millions use the phrase, then "Jesus Christ" seems most appropriate. If treated as a title, as historians and many other do, then "Jesus Christ" still seems appropriate. Is there some grammatical usage of the name or title of a person that justifies a lowercase "c"? Not of which I am aware.
Lest we think that only Christians are being picked on, the EU also decreed that "Judaism" as a race may use the uppercase "J", but dare you refer to "judaism" the religion then only a lowercase "j" can be used. Does that mean that anti-semites in Europe now must be clear if they are condemning "the Jews" as a race or "the jews" as a religious group?
Update: According to this press release, the regulation is not an EU one, but an initiative of the Netherlands and Belgium:
According to a new grammar rule in the Netherlands and Belgium, the name "Christ" will soon be written with a lower-case "c", as stipulated by an orthography reform published last Friday.
According to the Kath.net agency, the new spelling rules also will stipulate that the Dutch word for "jews" (joden) be spelled with a capital "J" when referring to nationality and with a lower-case "j" when referring to the religion. The changes will be mandatory starting in August 2006.
Not quite as bad as I feared, but still pretty indiciative of trends in Europe. Afterall, Brussels is the heart of the united Europe (which is likely what lead to confusion among earlier press reports).