Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Play Space Owner Defends Self Against Claims of Having Religious Agenda

Tuesday's Washington Post carried an interesting story:

Gina Seebachan owns the Be With Me Playseum, an indoor play space in Bethesda, Maryland.  The Playseum has recently become mired in controversy.  According to the Post,

In anonymous postings on local Web sites, parents [have] accused Seebachan of handing out antiabortion literature at the Playseum, accepting support from right-wing Christian groups and playing Christian rock music at the play space. Most damning, one anonymous poster who said she was Jewish claimed that Seebachan told her that unless she accepted Jesus as her personal savior, the client and her children would go to hell.

Seebachan, her friends and neighbors take a different view.  They speak of "an unsubstantiated whisper campaign that had gone viral, with Web postings accusing Seebachan, an evangelical Christian, and the Playseum of being less about creating a play space for children and more about saving their souls."

According to Seebachan, the current uproar stems from her references to God and her use of the word "life" on the Playseum Website.  She dismisses the accusations against her and the Playseum as "vicious" lies.  Still, at least one elementary school recently canceled a field trip to the Playseum because of the alleged religious nature of the play space. 

VEJ

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