U.K. Christian Playgroup Banned From Library for Singing About God

 

 

Saturday, 13 July 2019

By Heather Preston

Reprinted from: Premier

WEST SUSSEX (Premier) A church-run playgroup has been banned from a local library following complaints from parents that their nursery rhymes mention God.

Helpers from Noah’s Ark playgroup have met at Burgess Hill Library for the past eight years to sing songs based on Bible stories.

The group has now been asked to take their sessions elsewhere.

Library officials made the decision to exclude the volunteers from “Baby Rhyme Time” at the venue after families communicated they were unhappy with the Christian references in their songs.

Ken Ham, a Christian apologist who operates the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky, commented on the matter on Monday.

“Of course if a drag queen was conducting an event, or the rhyme was about a gay/lesbian character, then I’m sure that would be perfectly acceptable to the library,” he lamented.

“So the library claims ‘Rhyme Time sessions are open to everyone including families of any faith or no faith.’ Then where is the tolerance for those of the Christian faith wanting to hear a Christian message?” Ham asked. “Of course, the library would claim Christianity is a religion whereas secular material is not — and that’s false! Secularism is an anti-God religion!”

A church-run playgroup has been banned from a local library following complaints from parents that their nursery rhymes mention God.

Helpers from Noah’s Ark playgroup have met at Burgess Hill Library for the past 8 years, to sing songs based on bible stories.

The group have now been asked to take their session’s elsewhere.

Library officials made the decision to exclude the volunteers from ‘baby rhyme time’ at the venue, after families communicated they were unhappy with the Christian references in their songs.

A spokesman from The King’s Church Mid-Sussex, which runs the Noah’s Ark group told the Daily Mail: ‘We are sad that our involvement in Baby Rhyme Time is coming to an end after eight years. It has been a well-loved, free group for people in the local area.

‘However, we respect the decision of West Sussex Library services and we will continue to do all that we can to serve them and our local community.’

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council has stated that Rhyme Time sessions are open to everyone including families of any faith or no faith.