A shopping centre is refusing to stage a nativity scene this Christmas because it might offend customers who are not Christian.
They replied: “Thistles shopping centre prides itself on being religiously and politically neutral in its behaviour within the local community and with this in mind we do not feel it would be right to agree to host this type of promotion within a shopping centre.
Bosses at Thistles in Stirling, Scotland, flatly declined a request for the traditional display saying customers did not want to be “subjected to individual organisation’s beliefs”.
Even when an MP urged them to reconsider the ban, the shopping centre refused to budge on its decision.
MP Mr Kerr said: “I am disappointed that a rather rigid view seems to have been taken regarding the existing policy.
“Surely there is room for a simple display that may be of interest to people. I would hope that an application from any faith group would be considered on its own merits.”
And the Scottish Catholic Church has urged Thistles to abandon its “Grinch-like” stance and reconsider.
The Church of Scotland claimed it was “a sad day for all of us”.
Members of the Catholic Legion of St Mary’s Association, took to Facebook to complain about the ban, under the heading: ‘Bring back the nativity scene to the Thistles, Stirling’.
It stated: “Their reason being that despite heavily promoting Christmas for commercial gain, they ‘pride themselves on religious neutrality’ and so won’t allow a nativity to be present any longer.
“While I understand that no one wants religious or political evangelists in a shopping centre, the request was simply to have a nativity, which would be manned and anyone approaching could ask about it.”
A member of the association, Margaret Patterson, complained to her local MP, Stephen Kerr, who wrote to Thistles asking them to reconsider.
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