The new horror film “Annabelle 2: Creation” was scheduled to debut in Lebanon this past weekend but authorities decided to pull the film from theaters because clergy found it “offensive” to the Christian faith.
According to Lebanese daily Annahar, movie theaters throughout the country were asked to hold off on running the film for further deliberation because Christian leaders took issue with some of its scenes.
According to the film’s synopsis, “Annabelle 2: Creation” follows “Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.”
The movie was reportedly screened for the General Security’s Censorship Bureau earlier in the month and then was passed on to the censorship committee. Annahar reported that Catholic Priests Fr. Abdu Abu Kasm and Fr. Athanasius Shahwan were both present at the censorship committee’s screening.
The committee did not come together to assess the film until Thursday night and that’s when the decision was made. Father Shahwan had the final word and he “demanded” that the film be blocked over scenes that are considered “offensive to Christian faith.”
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Source: Christian Post