Scotland Hospital Bans CD For Mentioning Jesus

( [email protected] ) Dec 26, 2003 08:02 PM EST

Fearing that a charity Christmas CD will offend non-Christians, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, Scotland has banned the CD’s distribution to the children in the hospital.

"We could not just hand out the CD," a hospital spokeswoman told the Scotsman newspaper. "If it went to every child it could cause offense to those who are not Christian."

The decision has left many shocked including Edinburgh-native Jane Butters who recorded the CD to raise money to benefit Marie Carie Care.

"To think that something as innocent as a Christmas CD could be considered offensive - I just can't believe it," said Butters. "Ironically, they said it would be OK to hand out these CDs at their carol concert on Monday."

Although the hospital felt contents in the CD would cause offence, there are those who believe those people could simply choose not to listen to the CD if it were distributed. Along with other religious leaders, one prominent Muslim leader in Scotland ridiculed the ban.

"If somebody doesn't want to listen to this, they don't have to. This is political correctness gone mad," Bashir Maan told the Scotsman. "It is going too far and it is going to be counterproductive.

"This is Christmastime and the overwhelming majority of the people in this country are Christians. If people want to celebrate then they should have the right, as should minority groups. But if the freedom is only one-sided, then the majority will be offended."

“Going too far” are the words of Maan. Last month, the Scottish Parliament banned the words "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" from cards sent out by staff because they felt the wording was not "socially inclusive".