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!”