From the ever excellent Samizdata.net
A church has been told that it cannot publicise its Christmas services on a community notice board to avoid offending other religions.
The Church of England may be the established faith of the United Kingdom. But Buckinghamshire county council regards it as a "religious preference group" and the ban was upheld yesterday.
A spokesman for the Tory-controlled council confirmed the distinction, explaining that because the service contained Christian prayers it was against policy.
Margaret Dewar, who is responsible for the council libraries, said: "The aim of the policy is to be inclusive and to respect the religious diversity of Buckinghamshire."
Peter Mussett, the council's community development librarian, said his member of staff was right not to display the poster.
"We have a multi-faith community and passions can be inflamed by religious issues," he said. "We don't want to cause offence to anyone."
The Church of England believes in different imaginary friends to me, but your banning their posters OFFENDS me - what are you going to do about that?
- I will post his reply...