Deliver us from religious propaganda,
For ever and ever,
Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has urged Digital Cinema Media to overturn its decision not to show a Church of England advert in cinemas
The Church of England advert, in which the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and others recite the Lord’s Prayer, was due to be shown before the new Star Wars film, which opens on Thursday.
But it has been blocked by the advertising agency owned by cinema chains Odeon and Cineworld who understandably have rules disallowing all religious advertising, and the inevitable hassle that goes with it.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has urged the cinemas to reverse their decision. It also announced a major inquiry into the ban and accused the chains of undermining a long tradition of free expression .
Chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath said:
We strongly disagree with the decision not to show the adverts on the grounds that they might offend people. There is no right not to be offended in the UK. What is offensive is very subjective and this is a slippery slope towards increasing censorship.
She also claimed people would not understand why a commercial Christmas can be advertised but the central Christian prayer cannot .
[duh… that’s because religion causes trouble where as a commercialised Christmas does not!].