ESPN Refuses To Air Ad Mentioning Jesus
(St. Louis, MO) KTVI-TV reports a well-known St. Louis children’s charity says ESPN won’t air their commercial because it mentions “Jesus” and “God.”
A spokesperson for the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, the charity says they received word that the sports network would not air the commercial specifically because of the lines, “celebrate the birth of Jesus” and “help us reveal God’s healing presence were “problematic.”
KTVI-TV reports the ad was submitted to air during the University of Northern Iowa vs. Virginia Commonwealth University basketball game on ESPNU this Saturday.
In a statement released Thursday, Dan Buck, Vice President, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation said the commercial, “was meant to connect with viewers during this Christmas season and encourage them to send a message of hope to sick children at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. While we understand ESPN has the right to reject commercials, we are disappointed in their decision.”
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation raises funds to support children suffering from illness get the medical attention they need at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.
Many people posted on ESPN’s Facebook’s page and Twitter expressing their outrage at ESPN’s decision.