On the 100th anniversary marking the end of World War I, a short video produced by the UK Bible society that talked about the importance of Bibles to British soldiers fighting in that war was banned by a Empire Cinema as being too religious.
The UK Bible Society produced the clip as part of this year’s Remembrance Day services where nearly 19 million people died.
The film showed that during World War I, the British military included a Bible in the kit of every UK soldier. For many soldiers fighting in that horrific war, these Bibles were an important source of hope.
During the three-minute video several people recited a passage in the Book of Revelation that spoke of a new earth, where all tears will be wiped away:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)
The Bible Society was paying to have the film shown in 125 movie theaters across England before Empire Cinema rejected the film. In 2015, the major movie chain rejected an ad produced by the Church of England on the Lord’s Prayer over similar reasons arguing the clip could offend some people.
Even famed atheist Richard Dawkins criticized that move arguing that “If anybody is offended by something so trivial as prayer, they deserve to be offended.”