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 >>
NEW YORK — When you think about heroes of the faith, Billy Graham, John Wesley and others may come to mind. But in the film "Return to the Hiding Place," the sequel to "Hiding Place," viewers are given an intriguing look into the sacrifice of Corrie ten Boom, a brave woman who risks her life to help Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust. The film's lead actress, Rachel Spencer-Hewitt, opens up to The Christian Post about the impact that powerful women such as ten Boom can have on the generations to come.
"Return to the Hiding Place" chronicles a time in history when Nazis begin killing Jews in Holland and a group of youth fight to save the innocent. Spencer-Hewitt plays ten Boom's niece, Aty Van Woerdan, who is part of the student resistance against the Nazis and is engaged to the resistance leader.
Among the students is Hans Poley, an intelligent young physicist who finds refuge with ten Boom after refusing to join the Nazis. "Return to the Hiding Place" is inspired by Poley's book of the same name. Poley and his friends begin their resistance movement at their university, which eventually leads to the transportation of Jews to ten Boom's hiding place. 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 >>
Movie piracy website Popcorn Time has re-launched just a month after it announced it would stop its operations immediately.
In a move that defied copyright group's efforts to put a stop to piracy, Popcorn Time re-launched a new version of its site just a month after it ceased the operation of its PopcornTime.io site. It was later revealed that the company shut down the site because of legal and internal financial issues, according to the International Business Times (IBT).
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) had been pushing for the shutdown of Popcorn Time. After the cessation of its operations in October, its virtual private network VPN.ht Movies announced that the movie download service will be resurrected, the report details. more >>
Just because she stars in one of the most popular shows on prime time television does not mean "Empire" actress Taraji P. Henson is excluded from spiritual warfare.
When asked about terrorist attacks that killed over one hundred people in Paris, France last Friday, the 45-year-old actress seemed to lean on her Christian faith to share her perspective on the matter.
"Life is spiritual warfare and it's dark against light, hate against love and death against life. I just feel like it's unbalanced right now," Henson recently told Hollywood Today Live. "Right now it appears that darkness is winning but I just know in my heart that there's more love out in the world. It always gets bad before it gets better." more >>