Another Easter is about to be upon us, how time flies!
Needless to say Nanny and her trolls are keen to make sure that her presence is not forgotten, or placed below that of God.
Therefore she has decided to ban Easter, or at least the mention of Easter.
An Iranian Christian group from Hexthorpe Methodist Church Doncaster Yorkshire has been forbidden from advertising its Easter passion play in a public library, lest they cause offence to other religious groups.
The 100 members of the Methodist group have performed the play twice before, this year it will put on the open-air show in Rotherham and they had hoped to advertise the event in the main library there.
Needless to say Nanny's odious little trolls in Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council have had to have their say. They told the group that to do so would infringe a long-standing policy, which does not allow religious groups to put posters up in its libraries and museums.
Elizabeth Collins, a Bible teacher with the group, said:
"This is supposed to be a Christian country, we can't believe it.
We go to other countries to promote democracy and free-thinking yet on our own doorstep we cannot even put up a poster about our Easter passion play.
This is ludicrous and so petty.
We have already taken religion out of our schools and now it is being taken out of public places as well."
Members of the group have separate Bible studies in Iranian, but all attend English language church services every Sunday.
Miss Collins said:
"Rotherham council gave us permission to perform the play, but we're effectively not being allowed to publicise it.
One of our members wanted to put up a poster about the play in the library
but officials kept it for a few days
then came back and said it could not be displayed
because it might cause offence to other people.
We can only imagine they mean other religions.
The poster just has a cross on it with the date,
time and place of the performance and says Iranian Christian Drama.
What offence can that cause to anyone?"
Miss Collins added:
"I was more than a little bit angry when I heard of the ban.
I am dismayed to see the state of this nation.
What has it come to when you cannot display a Christian poster for fear of upsetting somebody else in a Christian country?
If I had gone to Iran with a poster under my arm and tried to place it in a library there I would probably have come out without a head on my shoulders."
Rotherham metropolitan borough council explained that its ban applied to all of the religious, political and commercial groups in the district.
A spokesman said:
"We have had a policy in place for more than 20 years that religious groups are not allowed to display posters in our museums and libraries.
It is nothing against the particular church or group. It is just a blanket ban.
It is not the poster or the event which is causing us concern.
We don't want to promote one religious group above another."
Nanny misses the point, in a free society it should be perfectly OK for groups (whatever their faith or political inclination) to advertise their existence and activities.
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Happy Easter folks!