The advertisement titled "Just Pray," which features Christians reciting the Lord's Prayer, was banned by top British cinemas because of its religious theme.
"Just Pray," which shows Christians from different backgrounds reciting the Lord's Prayer, was targeted to be shown next month before "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" plays. But the Digital Cinema Media (DCM) agency rejected the 60-second ad because it could offend viewers with other religion, according to The Blaze.
DCM is the body responsible for booking advertisements for 80 percent of the cinemas in the United Kingdom. In a statement cited by BBC, the agency explained that they block all politically and religiously themed ads and "Just Pray" is no exception, CNN reports. more >>
Atheist professor and author Richard Dawkins has spoken out against the U.K.'s leading cinema chains refusing to screen a Church of England ad about the Lord's Prayer.
Dawkins said that there is nothing offensive about the 60-second ad, which promote the popular Christian prayer, and said that the fear that some might be offended should not have stopped cinema chains from accepting the ad.
The Guardian reported that Dawkins deleted an initial tweet on the issue after realizing it was a matter of commercial judgment rather than freedom of speech, as the U.K. government is not involved in the debate, but also clarified: more >>
Turkey's military has reportedly shot down a Russian Su-24 jet that it claimed was violating Turkish airspace, causing a major political row with Russia, which says its aircraft was over Syrian territory.
BBC News reported on Tuesday that NATO, of which Turkey is a member, has scheduled an extraordinary meeting to discuss the events.
The fate of the two Russian pilots who were ejected from the burning jet as it plunged into a Syrian hillside is not yet clear, though video footage has allegedly shown what appears to be the dead body of one of the pilots on the ground. more >>
The Church of England has warned of a "chilling" effect on free speech, after leading U.K. cinemas refused to show an ad for the Lord's Prayer, citing it could offend people of other faiths or no faith.
"This advert is about as offensive as a carol service or church service on Christmas Day," The Most Rev. Justin Welby said, according to BBC News.
"Let the public judge for themselves rather than be censored or dictated to," he added. more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, has admitted that the terror attacks in Paris earlier in November that killed 130 people have made him doubt the presence of God.
The leader of the Anglican Communion told BBC's program "Songs of Praise" that his first reaction to the terror attack was "shock and horror and then a profound sadness," noting that he and his wife had once lived in Paris.
"Saturday morning, I was out and as I was walking, I was praying and saying: 'God, why — why is this happening? Where are you in all this?'" he said. more >>
Brussels remained on highest terror alert for a third day on Monday as a prime suspect in the deadly Paris attacks was still on the run in the Belgian capital. Police arrested 16 people in late-night raids, but no weapons or explosives were found.
Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old resident of Brussels suspected to be among the Islamic State militants who carried out six attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, killing at least 130 people, continued to elude Brussels police Monday.