A college has axed a musical on evolution over its suggestive lyrics and portrayal of Christian views.
Darwin Rocks, concerning the scientist Charles Darwin, was because of be carried out by about 90 pupils at Hartford Manor Main Faculty, Cheshire, subsequent month.
The transfer follows six “expressions of concern” from mother and father, the varsity stated.
The musical’s publishers Musicline stated it was written by a Christian, including “we won’t ever recall having courted controversy earlier than”.
According to its website, the manufacturing is a “light-hearted look” on the work of Darwin, whose theory of evolution, revealed in 1859, shocked Victorian society by suggesting animals and people shared a standard ancestry.
Head instructor Simon Kidwell advised the BBC that the varsity, in Hartford close to Northwich, acquired six “expressions of concern” over lyrics that seek advice from “bump and grind” – a sexually suggestive dance transfer.
He stated three of these mother and father additionally believed a bishop was “mocked” in a separate scene.
‘Obtained with enthusiasm’
“There have been issues about caricature,” he stated, including the complainants, who embrace a science instructor from one other faculty, felt its illustration of Christian views on science “wasn’t correct”.
One father or mother stated they didn’t need their daughter to suppose her ambition to be an engineer contradicted Christian beliefs, Mr Kidwell stated.
He added the varsity board was not concerned within the choice to drop the manufacturing and denied newspaper options a neighborhood vicar who’s on the board had influenced the transfer.
The varsity teaches evolution as a part of the syllabus and no mother and father have withdrawn their youngsters from these classes, Mr Kidwell stated.
Mike Smith, managing director at Musicline, stated the agency “requested Steve Titford – a practising Christian – and the author of Shakespeare Rocks to jot down a factual musical about Charles Darwin’s life and beliefs”.
He stated it had been “acquired with enthusiasm” and been carried out in faculties world wide since 2017.
“You may’t please all of the individuals on a regular basis, however having been within the faculty musical enterprise for over 25 years, we won’t ever recall having courted controversy earlier than, ” Mr Smith added.
Martin Bashir, BBC faith editor
The standard (and infrequently lazy) depiction of religion v science is outdated hat.
In Britain and the US, there are a number of consultants who see no battle with holding non secular beliefs alongside their robust grasp of science.
Theistic evolutionists embrace Francis Collins – the geneticist who led the Human Genome Mission and the present director of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being within the US – and Prof John Lennox – Emeritus at Inexperienced Templeton Faculty, Oxford.
David Wilkinson, the astrophysicist and principal of St John’s Faculty, Durham, can be a Methodist lay minister – and infrequently contributes to Thought for the Day.
It isn’t a shock there was some objection to the “mockery” of Christians, who are sometimes depicted as anti-intellectual and anti-science.