Anglican Cathedral in England Defends Decision to Screen Films Showing Graphic Sex, Nudity and Human Sacrifice, Saying It’s Nothing ‘God Hasn’t Seen Before’

The head of an Anglican Cathedral in England is defending his church’s decision to screen films that show graphic sex, full female nudity and human sacrifice, saying it’s nothing “God hasn’t seen before.”

Derby Cathedral agreed to allow its premises to be used by a local cinema, with horror/thriller films such as “The Wicker Man” and “Don’t Look Now” planned to be screened, which contain such scenes.

Steve Dunning, a church warden from within the diocese of Derby, was one of the voices to speak out against showing such material.

“I just think it isn’t appropriate to show these films in a place of worship that is consecrated and hallowed, and therefore it compromises the spiritual integrity of the cathedral,” Dunning said on Monday, according to BBC News.

“There is also a broader issue in terms of, why does the cathedral need to show films when there are multiplex cinemas in Derby?”

Kristin Simmons, a deputy warden from another church, added that Derby Cathedral “is a reflection of every parish church in Derbyshire.”

“Of course the cathedral can and should be open and used for outside events, but they should not be adverse to the Christian perspective; the cathedral is primarily a place of worship,” she argued.

“One film depicts a human sacrifice of a Christian man who recites Psalm 23 and ‘curses’ people upon his death, and in the other, the protagonist is employed to restore a church building; it involves séances and communication with the dead and a very explicit sex scene,” Simmons continued.

“As someone else pointed out to me, Holy Communion will be celebrated nine hours later in the same seats.”

The Very Rev. Stephen Hance, the Dean of Derby Cathedral, argued that the movies won’t be “showing God anything that He hasn’t seen before.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov