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ESPN Loses on Banning Jesus Ad for Christmas (Video) 'Problematic' Ad Runs After Protest

By Staff
Dec 15, 2013
ESPN controversy over ad that mentions Jesus.

ESPN tried to ban an ad from a hospital that mentioned Jesus and the healing power of God, but after an outcry, relented and aired the ad during Saturday's college basketball games.

Watch the video below for the ad.

The original ad for Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center had this script:

"At SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving, bringing hope to the many children, parents, and families that we serve. Our patients are filled with hope as they receive a message each day from the treasure chest beneath our tree of hope. Help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas. Send your message of hope at Glennon.org."

ESPN tried to get the hospital to remove the words Jesus and God from the commercial and said they would run the ad if that relented and removed God and Jesus from the ad.

Christians protested and let ESPN know they were being ridiculous, actually trying to ban Jesus and God during the Christmas season and trying to shut down a hospital doing so much good in the name of God and Jesus.

ESPN realized their mistake and changed direction.

“We have again reviewed the ads submitted for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and have concluded that we will accept the original requested commercial,” read a statement from ESPN.

“It will run in Saturday’s VCU at Northern Iowa basketball game on ESPNU. This decision is consistent with our practice of individual review of all ads under our commercial advocacy standards.”

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