lords prayer ad (screenshot)

*According to TheWrap, the Church of England has threatened legal action because an advert it planned to run in front of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was banned by three of the UK’s top movie chains.

On Sunday, the Archbishop of Canterbury called the ban on the ad, featuring the Lord’s Prayer, “extraordinary. ”

“This advert is about as offensive as a carol service or church service on Christmas Day,” said The Most Reverend Justin Welby. “Let the public judge for themselves rather than be censored or dictated to.”

The Reverend Arun Arora, director of communications for the Church of England, said: “We find that really astonishing, disappointing and rather bewildering.

“The prospect of many families attending the release of the new Star Wars film had seemed a good opportunity to launch the advert and a new website justpray.uk to promote prayer ahead of Christmas.

“The Lord’s Prayer is prayed by billions of people across the globe every day, and in this country has been part of everyday life for centuries.”

He added: “In one way the decision of the cinemas is just plain silly, but the fact that they have insisted upon it makes it rather chilling in terms of limiting free speech.”

Read the FULL story at TheWrap.

Check out the advert and chime in with your thoughts below: