The Church of England is calling out U.K. cinemas for what it says is hypocrisy and "double standards," after theater chains rejected the Lord's Prayer ads, but now are playing animations it believes are promoting Hinduism.
"There is an unfortunate combination of double standards and hypocrisy on display in this decision making process which needs addressing urgently," said Rev. Arun Arora, the Church of England's director of communications, according to The Telegraph on Thursday.
Leading cinema chains in the U.K., including Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, have been screening a 7-minute animated film called "SanJay's Super Team," which shows Hindu deities protecting a young boy during prayer. more >>
Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham responded to a recent story of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby doubting God's presence in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, by stating that the Bible warns that things will only get worse.
"There have been many times that I've asked God why. But the Bible clearly warns that as we draw to the end of this present age, things are going to get worse. There are going to be wars and rumors of wars, famines, disease, earthquakes, pestilence, and these are just the beginnings," Graham said in a Facebook message on Monday.
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 >>
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 >>
Anglican leader the Most Rev. Justin Welby and Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, joined together in a speech urging the world's Christians to lead the fight against climate change.
Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of close to 300 million Orthodox Christians, visited Welby at the Lambeth Palace in London this week, The Telegraph reported, and insisted that climate change is a "moral crisis."
Bartholomew called on Christians and people around the world to change their day-to-day behavior, instead of relying only on politicians making treaties concerning the environment. more >>