Do or do not. There is no try.

The UK’s leading cinema chains have opened a can of worms by announcing their intention to ban an advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer before the new Star Wars film.

While I agree that the cinema should not be used as a vehicle for religious proselytising or political propaganda, where are they going to draw the line? Christmas is a religious festival. So, are they also going to ban adverts with Christmas content?

Also, given that hundreds of thousands of people gave their religion as “Jedi Knight” in the last census, perhaps they should ban the Star Wars film itself!

As it happens, Digital Cinema Media (DCM), which handles the majority of cinema advertising in the UK, told the Church of England’s director of communications months ago that it intended to veto the advert owing to its policy of not carrying ads of a religious nature. Andy Edge, commercial director for Odeon and a board member of DCM, has been trying to resolve the issue for weeks. Do or do not. There is no try, Andy.

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

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