Hartford Manor Primary School in Cheshire county in north west England cancels Charles Darwin musical performance after concern from some Christian parents

An elementary school in Britain has canceled its performances of a musical on evolution after complaints from a group of Christian parents over some of its lyrics.

About 90 students were preparing to perform “Darwin Rocks!,” a musical about 19th-century naturalist, Charles Darwin and his groundbreaking theory of evolution and the controversy it generated, next month at Hartford Manor Primary School — a non-religious community school in a village near Northwich in Cheshire county in north west England.

Six parents expressed concern over the portrayal of Christian views throughout the show, which is aimed at 7-to-11-year-olds.

Simon Kidwell, the head teacher of the school received complains about the lyrics “bump and grind,” which refer to sexually suggestive dance moves.

Three parents also believed a bishop who appears in one of the scenes is “mocked.” These parents at the Cheshire school were unhappy with a scene they felt “ridiculed or caricatured the 19th century anti-evolutionist Bishop Samuel Wilberforce” who was involved in a a historic debate on evolution.

Some parents felt the show does not accurately represent Christian views on science and criticized its implication that students cannot pursue science and Christianity simultaneously.

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