Fears new UK bill could ban use of incense in church

Church authorities fear that a new Psychoactive Substances Bill in Britain could lead to the banning of the use of incense in church worship.

The bill as it currently stands is worded so broadly that the use of incense in worship would be an unwitting casualty of the new legislation.

The Churches’ Legislation Advisory Service, whose members include the Catholic Church, the Church of England and other churches, stated they did not believe this was the UK government’s intention.

The Association of English Cathedrals said: “Incense is used to enhance the worship experience, and no longer being able to use it would have an adverse impact on the conduct of worship.”

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