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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:14 AM

British School Cancels Darwin Play After Complaints from Offended Christians

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/02/09/british-school-cancels-darwin-play-after-complaints-from-offended-christians/




British School Cancels Darwin Play After Complaints from Offended Christians
By David Gee, February 9, 2019

Charles Darwin used to grace the back of British £10 notes, but now the iconic scientist isn’t even allowed in a school play thanks to complaints from Christian parents who were offended.

A secular elementary school in Britain had planned to put on a musical about Darwin and the theory of evolution by natural selection, but they shut down the production after some Christian parents had problems with the lyrics.

About 90 students were preparing to perform “Darwin Rocks!,” a musical about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, next month at Hartford Manor Primary School — a non-religious school in Cheshire. According to BBC News, six parents expressed concern over they portrayal of Christian views throughout the show, which is aimed at 7-to-11-year-olds

Simon Kidwell, the head teacher of the school told the BBC that he received [complaints] about the lyrics “bump and grind,” which refer to sexually suggestive dance moves. Three parents also believed a bishop who appears in one of the scenes is “mocked.” Some parents felt the show does not accurately represent Christian views on science and criticized its implication that students cannot pursue science and Christianity simultaneously.

Some parents threatened to pull their children from the production, causing the school to cancel it altogether. The school board was not involved in the decision to drop the production, and the school teaches evolution, which parents had not previously complained about, according to Kidwell.


Any director could tell you that inappropriate language is simple to change. More to the point, this is a play aimed at kids, which means it’s not going to have all the nuance critics might want, but it’s very likely intended to tell a few key points about Darwin. It’s not an anti-religious play in any way.

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 12:37 PM

1. So, when are they going to cancel church after complaints from offended Atheists?

Just saying, that if you start cancelling crap that theists object to, you will be left with nothing but a wing and a prayer. Try eating or getting shelter from that.

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 12:55 PM

2. sheesh! Brits losing their nerve?

Reminds me of Brexit.

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