An organization that has provided its services to a library for eight years, organizing nursery-rhyme sing-alongs for the under-5 set, has been banished from ever doing it again.
Because the songs occasionally mentioned God.
The Christian Institute explained the Noah’s Ark Rhyme Time had been a monthly fixture at the Burgess Hill Library for eight years in West Sussex, England.
Then library officials told the group to go away.
They objected to songs such as “Mr. Noah Built an Ark” and “God Has Made a Rainbow.”
Library officials said they would take over the sing-along duties.
The Christian Institute said the move left parents of children in the sing-alongs “angry and disappointed.”
Charlie Burrell said: “I myself was horrified to hear this news as I have enjoyed their Rhyme Time sessions for years with my children and I know so many other parents have too. How can an organization that brings people joy, especially to children, be discriminated against in this way? I cannot imagine how anyone could find this offensive.”
The institute documented several other reactions, including from Laura Kelly, a mother of two: “I find it hard to believe. We’re really upset and horrified because our children have enjoyed it. Noah’s Ark have volunteered at the group for eight years.”
“It’s ridiculous, my kids have always loved them at Rhyme Time. They are giving up their own time to do something nice for the local kids. If people don’t like it, don’t go,” said Gemma Hinkins.
The group, run by King’s Church Mid-Sussex, said it would work to serve the community in other says.
Jill Hatley said: “The world has gone mad. I suppose it’s fine for children to hear all the constant obscene language that is heard everywhere. If a child asks what the word is any parent can choose to explain how they wish.'”