UK Church Bans Singing ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ on Remembrance Sunday to Not Offend Non-Christians

A church in the United Kingdom will not sing the hymn, “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” during the service on Remembrance Sunday, which commemorates the contribution of British war dead, so as not to “offend” non-Christians.

St Peter’s Church in Oadby, Leicester, will end its Remembrance Day parade with, “All People That On Earth Do Dwell,” because the hymn sounds more multi-cultural, and some members of Oadby Royal British Legion social club have threatened to boycott the service, BBC reports.

The decision to drop the hymn from the service was taken “because members of the community from a wide range of cultural backgrounds attend this event, which is a parade, a service in church and laying of wreaths at the war memorial,” the church said in a statement.

“It is because the Legion’s Committee recognised that people from different faiths served in the Armed Forces that we will be singing All People That On Earth Do Dwell instead of Onwards Christian Soldiers,” says Rev Steve Bailey. “We will also sing Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer and Oh God Our Help In Ages Past. This year for the first time Oadby Multicultural Group will be laying a wreath at the War Memorial as well as the one I will lay on behalf of the parish and we do want people of all faiths, who are paying respect to those from their own faiths and cultures who served and gave their lives, to feel welcome in the service.”

As a protest, some members are planning to stay outside the church during the service and sing the hymn.

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Source: Christian Post