Legoland is blasted for ‘Muslim day’
A theme park has come under attack after announcing it was hiring out the park to a Muslim foundation.
Legoland has received abuse on its Facebook and Twitter pages for its decision to hire the park out to the Muslim Research and Development Fund (MRDF) on Sunday, March 9.
On its website, the park says the family fun day aims to allow Muslims to enjoy ‘Fun Halal activities with thousands of other Muslims and their friends in an environment more in line with their faith.’
A Legoland spokesman defended its decision, saying it was a normal private hire event which will take place before the park opens for its new season on Friday, March 14.
It added: “It is a private hire, it is out of season and it happens to be a Muslim organisation. It could happen to be a business or anything else. Anybody can go, it is not about Muslims.”
The theme park, in Winkfield Road, has now deleted its Facebook page after abusive comments were posted.
The spokesman added: “We are reporting these people to the police.”
Far-right groups, including the English Defence League, have announced their intention to host a protest on the day the MRDF visit the park.
Calls for Legoland to abandon its plans have also been made by Royal Borough UKIP councillor Tom Bursnall (Clewer East).
“I think they need to have a sense check and take a step back,” he said.
Thames Valley Police has launched an investigation into the threatening messages.
A spokesman said: “Should any demonstrations or protests be organised, police will provide a proportionate response to facilitate peaceful and lawful protests.”
The MRDF website says the foundation ‘strives to articulate Islam in a modern context and address the unique situation and challenges faced by Muslims in the west’.