The students at a primary school in England were all getting ready for a school play on Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution when a group of busybody fundamentalist parents had to come and put a stop to all of the fun… in the name of Christianity.

According to a report from The Independent, Hartford Manor Primary School, which is described as a non-religious community school, was in the full swing of planning the Darwin Rocks! musical when a group of parents threatened to withdraw their children from the performance because they felt one of the scenes “mocked” a bishop involved in an evolution debate.

The report also stated that several parents brought in the whole morality clause when they were offended by the musical’s use of “bumping and grinding” in one of the songs. Whatever helps their cause, right?

Now, thanks to these good ole God-fearing christians, the school will replace the musical with one they feel is “less divisive.”

But numerous parents of students who attend the non-religious school are voicing their anger at their holier than thou counterparts.

Alan McDonald, who was against the school canceling the performance, called the ordeal a "thinly veiled attempt to cram religious views over the top of scientific," which he thinks is "shameful."

McDonald, in perhaps one of the most British comments, said, "It seems ridiculous to whitewash history and replace it with something entirely vacuous."

McDonald wasn’t the only parent who wasn’t happy with the school’s decision, saying:

"It is simply unacceptable that religious fundamentalist views should have such influence in a community primary school and prevent children accessing what should have been a brilliant learning experience."

Children at the Llandovery Prep School act out one of the many scenes in the Darwin Rocks! musical. Unlike these students, however, the students at Hartford Manor Primary School will have to settle for something else. Photo courtesy of Llandovery Prep School

Some people might say that this is no big deal and that children shouldn’t be learning about evolution at such a young age, but those people should also understand that it is absurd that a select group of parents are able to come in and peddle their religious views on children who might not subscribe to the same doctrine.

And this is something that Stephen Evans, CEO of the National Secular Society, said is happening far too often in England and beyond.

"We’re seeing a worrying trend of parents pressuring headteachers and threatening to withdraw children when teaching doesn’t fit their, often narrow, worldview," Evans said. "Schools should broaden pupils’ horizons and need to be supported to do that when faced with external pressure demanding that the education their children receive conforms with parents’ religious views."

What do you think? Do you think the school should have canceled the play or do you think they should have thumbed their noses at those fundamentalist parents who threatened to pull their children from the play simply because they didn't agree with the subject matter?

Let us know in the comments below.


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