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post Nov 23 2015, 12:25 PM
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A number of major cinema chains have refused to show an advert featuring the Lord's Prayer at showings of the new Star Wars film. They say that they have a policy of not showing political or religious adverts to avoid causing offence.

Many people, including Richard Dawkins, have said the ban is silly. Dawkins has said that anyone offended by a prayer deserves to be offended. The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain has also spoken against the ban?

Are the cinema chains right to operate such a blanket ban, or is the idea that people might be offended by a prayer ridiculous?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34881727
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post Nov 23 2015, 12:32 PM
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I wouldn't be offended per say but I'd rather not with religious propaganda promotion. I'd just roll my eyes, really, but I've managed to get this far in my life without knowing the words to the Lord's Prayer - I don't plan on learning it now.

Most people in the cinema's religion will probably be Jedi anyway.


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post Nov 23 2015, 01:44 PM
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I think the idea of people being offended is a bit strong, though I think it's an inappropriate forum for such an advert so I agree with that ban. People go to the cinema for entertainment, not indoctrination. The blanket ban on religious and political adverts seems perfectly sensible and fair to me.
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post Nov 23 2015, 01:50 PM
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religion is one of the most evil human creations so yes, they are right to have done that. there's enough christian bullcrap to shove down people's throats outside of cinemas. (and what john said~)
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post Nov 23 2015, 04:23 PM
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That's hilarious - Jedi is also a religion and I have to put up with shit Starwars stuff everywhere I bloody go!

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post Nov 23 2015, 04:46 PM
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Well fair enough if it's a blanket ban and not specific to this one ad as they were making it sound on the news yesterday because I think the idea of it causing offense is silly.
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post Nov 23 2015, 04:47 PM
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QUOTE(Joe. @ Nov 23 2015, 12:32 PM) *
I wouldn't be offended per say but I'd rather not with religious propaganda promotion. I'd just roll my eyes, really, but I've managed to get this far in my life without knowing the words to the Lord's Prayer - I don't plan on learning it now.

Most people in the cinema's religion will probably be Jedi anyway.

you're lucky. laugh.gif

I'm glad it's been banned anyway, I would rather religious/political views not be a thing that was advertised in this way. Let people think for themselves.
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post Nov 23 2015, 05:22 PM
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But isn't advertising for products just another form of indoctrination? All adverts are in some way, they're trying to get you to do something. Whether that's political, religious or economical. On a personal level, I'd honestly much rather see this shoved in my face at the cinema than yet another advert for unhealthy food or overly-expensive shit or whatever, that's variety - and falling to both has the potential to harm your life far more than the Church of England. The question of banning it is whether people would get offended, not whether religion is bad and people shouldn't hear about it, and I agree with Dawkins (! as I normally think he's overly sanctimonious in his own way with atheism) on that, if they get offended they probably deserve to.

You may say that religion has caused a lot of problems in this world and I'd probably agree with you but Anglicanism is one of the most benign forms on the planet and if anything it's probably helped more people than it's hindered, I'd say at this point in history people can mostly think for themselves and make up their own minds in our society, and that's great, we really shouldn't be banning things, that goes against the sort of society I'd prefer us to be. The advert isn't particularly substantial but it's just a nice sentiment really, why do we say that's worth banning?
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post Nov 23 2015, 06:28 PM
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Sheesh, this is quite ridiculous really. I mean who gets offended by it? You don't even have to pay attention. I didn't run out if the Hunger Games on Saturday night and immediately but the brand of deodorant they were trying to brainwash me into getting before the film. Why do they think we're all a bunch of thick sheep ffs?
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post Nov 23 2015, 08:45 PM
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I'm more offended by the fact that they're calling it the "Lord's Prayer". We Catholics call it the "Our Father". Silly Protestants.

As far as my understanding goes, there are blanket bans on advertising of the religious and political on visual media i.e on TVs and in the cinema, with the exception of specialized religious TV channels in the former case, and party political broadcasts in the latter's case. You're allowed to proselytize all you want on the radio though.

In this specific case, it would appear that the C of E had signed a contract with the cinema chain, who then turned around and changed their mind due to either a) realising that the contract they signed would breach the code, or b) fearing that they would cause offense. Whatever the reason, the C of E have gained a real PR coup with this one, as many more people will have watched the advert now than if it was shown without a fuss in the cinema.

So should it have been shown in the cinema? It wouldn't have offended me, but it would open the door up to other groups to advertise in the same way, which I imagine I would not be so well inclined towards.
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post Nov 23 2015, 09:07 PM
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good. just like #prayforparis, let's stop bringing religion into it and actually do something that will make a change
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