Library Refuses to Post Christmas Service Flyer to Avoid Offending Other Religions

December 12, 2003

Source: The Telegraph

On December 12, 2003 The Telegraph reported, "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. Officials from All Saints, High Wycombe, Bucks, hoped to promote the service of nine lessons and carols and midnight mass by displaying an A4 size poster on a board in the town's public library. The poster contained no message or religious exhortation, simply the dates and times of the services...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. This means we tend not to display posters and leaflets concerning religious, political or sexual preference groups, to avoid discrimination.'"