In the West, we have seen a sharp decline in religion as a whole. No matter the brand or style, religion is being rejected off hand. Nowhere is this more the case than in Europe. It seems that the Church, everywhere it is found in Europe, has become a dying entity. All branches, sects, and denominations are seeing declining numbers. So, we should not be surprised that the Church of England was not able to procure an advertisement from a cinema company.
Christian News reports
A British cinema firm has denied the request of the Church of England to run an advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer, stating that the content might cause offense to some viewers.
The 60-second commercial, which features a variety of everyday citizens reciting the words of Christ, was to play next month before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
It almost seems that this would be a no-brainer. After all, no one attends church much, so why would they want to hear the Lord’s Prayer, before watching the latest Star Wars film? Does it even make sense for them to put up this ad? Will it not in the end just anger people? Well, maybe, but that is not the point. The point is that they have a right to have advertisement. And do not just think that I am saying that. Many others are as well.
The Guardian reports
Pressure is mounting on the company that handles most cinema advertising in the UK to back down over a ban on a Church of England promotion of the Lord’s Prayer.
Digital Cinema Media (DCM) came under fire from the prime minister and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for refusing to screen the ad on the grounds that it could cause offence.
David Cameron viewed the ban as “ridiculous”, according to his spokesperson, who declined to expand on the prime minister’s views.
It should be seen as ridiculous. As I like going to watch a movie in the theater, I wish that there were absolutely no advertising. You are already skinning me alive with the ticket cost, not to mention concessions. Why do we need the ads? But more than that, as long as the ad does not ridicule other religions, why should it be banned?
Christian News reports
The Equality and Human Rights Commission made similar remarks.
“Freedom to hold a religion and freedom to express ideas are essential British values. We are concerned by any blanket ban on adverts by all religious groups,” it commented to reporters. “Digital Cinema Media have said an advert could cause offence to those of differing faiths. There is no right not to be offended in the UK. What is offensive is very subjective and lies in the eye of the beholder.”
And this is the point. We can never go to a place of business and expect never to see something that we do not agree with. We are not guaranteed that there will not be something said that we are not going to like. The only way that this could happen is if we all agreed. And this might be the end game of the “politically correct” movement.
Notice the freedom of speech of the atheist is never infringed for the sake of the believer. Never is the sodomite asked not to express his sexual deviance in public for the sake of the Christian. The reason is simple. This is what they want to be accepted and what the Lord’s Prayer teaches is not.