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Newsline 27 November 2015

This week has seen a contrived controversy over the decision of cinema chains to not show an advert of the Lord's Prayer before the new Star Wars film – and the NSS has been vocal in defending the cinemas' right to refuse political or religious advertisements. While something of a lone voice at the start of the week, we have been joined by religious and non-religious commentators in questioning the Church's actions – particularly their claims that by declining an advert cinemas have threatened free speech, and the suggestion that they may pursue a case under the Equality Act, legislation from which the Church has its own exemptions.

If you value the work the NSS does speaking out on issues like this, please consider joining the Society today. We are a membership-led organisation, and this Saturday existing members are invited to attend our AGM – details of which were sent out in our recent Annual Report.

So called Lord’s Prayer ‘Ban’: It’s Winterval all over again

So called Lord’s Prayer ‘Ban’: It’s Winterval all over again

Opinion | Mon, 23 Nov 2015

The controversy over cinemas rejecting religious advertising appears to be another attempt to reignite the Christian victimisation narrative, argues Stephen Evans

NSS Speaks Out

The National Secular Society has been widely quoted by international, national and local media over the 'Just Pray' controversy, including by the New York Times and CNN. We gave over thirty radio interviews on the topic to BBC radio stations and Talk2MeRadio, and our executive director Keith Porteous Wood also appeared on BBC's Sunday Morning Live, while campaigns manager Stephen Evans discussed the advert on ITV's This Morning. The NSS also featured on BBC News and Channel 5 news. We were quoted by the Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mirror and Pink News in addition to a range of local newspapers.

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