Library chiefs ban Sunday school posters because they 'promote religion'

Library officials have banned a Sunday school leader from putting up a poster they said would ‘promote religion’. Jacalyn Oghan, 46, asked for permission to to advertise a multi-faith craft, singing and drama event at her church. But officials at Jubilee Library in Brighton rejected her colourful, hand-made poster inviting children to ‘come in and have fun’ as it would ‘promote religion’.

Mrs Oghan, who has run the Sunday school at St Mary’s Church in the city for 13 years, accused the officials of ‘political correctness gone mad’. She said: 'Anyone in the community, of whatever faith, should be able to put up a poster in their local library so that people know what is going on.

'But I was told my poster could not be displayed because it had religious content.
'Many Christians in the community are already too frightened to speak up. 'And now there are guidelines preventing posters being put up advertising church events. ‘I was made to feel as if my poster was somehow offensive or dangerous.’ The mother of three said she found the decision particularly bewildering, especially as the library shop was selling sweets which were 'clearly poking fun at Christianity".

The ‘Messiah Mints’ have a picture of Jesus on the tin and the flippant message: ‘Here’s that Jesus fella again – and this time he’s spreading minty freshness into the mouths of the masses.’

‘It is so sad that they can do that, yet an inoffensive poster inclusive to all faiths is deemed non-PC,’ she said.

A Brighton & Hove City Council spokeswoman said: 'In the interests of fairness, we have very clear and strict guidelines for displaying information in the library and we do not accept any material promoting a particular religious view point.
‘With regards to the mints, these are one of a series of tinned mints sold in the shop. The labelling is not meant to offend.’

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