Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Major British Theater Chains Reject Church of England Ad

The three largest movie chains in Britain-- Odeon, Cineworld and Vue-- all have policies against accepting political or religious advertising. Invoking these provisions, the theater chains have refused a 60 second advertisement produced by the Church of England promoting its JustPray.uk website.  According to Sunday's Guardian, the ad which the Church wanted to run before the showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (to be released Dec. 18) depicts each line of the Lord's Prayer being said by a different person, beginning with the Archbishop of Cantebury. The Church complained that this refusal chills free speech, and the Church's position has attracted some unexpected backers, including atheist (but free speech advocate) Richard Dawkins. [Thanks to Seth Tillman for the lead.]