You may have heard by now that the Church of England was due to put an advert encouraging people to pray on cinema screens during the ad reels in the run up to the Christmas season. It came out in the press that the Digital Cinema Media (DCM) agency, which handles British film advertising for the major cinema chains, Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, refused to show the advert because it believed it would risk upsetting or offending audiences. You can read the full BBC article on the coverage of this story here.
In the wake of this decision, many have been wondering exactly what the problem is. After all:
Which leads me to believe that this “policy” is a very recent one, or that it’s been made up to justify the situation. The original video is here for you to view:
So then, what does this move of banning the Lord’s prayer tell us about society? I think it tells us a few things:
We cannot have our cake and eat it. We see things on the TV and in the media that we don’t agree with all the time, whether it’s the use of money, sexual ethics, politics, the age rating of films in the cinema… this list goes on and on. This ban shows that actually, there is very little difference between being a super conservative fundamentalist and a super liberal pluralist. They’re both as narrow minded, intolerant and bigoted as each other. We are a society that swings from one end of the pendulum to the other in attempts to balance out actions and opinions we’ve held in the past which we deem to be unsuitable in today’s climate. And this violent rocking back and forth between extreme values only leads to discrimination, suffering and confusion.
Whilst an advert calling us all to think about prayer has been banned from being shown in cinema ad reels, #PrayForParis has been used millions of times over the internet to bring unity, hope and comfort to those in distress, and prayer vigils being held in town squares and commercial places to bring communities together.
Now what does that say?
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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… yes and this political correctness is not down to people of other faiths. My experience is that Hindus and Moslems are more than happy to call Christmas “Christmas” and send their kids to churh schools. It is the secular atheist agenda that we somehow now need to tip toe around. Good points.
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