Easter Service Ad Pulled for Mentioning Jesus
The pre-movie 30-second commercial for Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, Calif., aimed for viewers to consider whether Jesus actually rose from the dead. It was scheduled to run for three weeks on 45 movie screens across Orange County starting April 1. They paid more than $5,000, according to ABC.
The commercial targeted non-believers, inviting them to the church’s annual “Easter At The Bren” services, Sunday, April 24. The service is an annual event that hosts more than 5,000 attendees at the Bren Center on the University of California-Irvine campus.
It asked movie patrons, “Did it really happen?” And ended with “Why we actually believe in the resurrection.”
But the agency refused to show it, saying it has a policy of rejecting ads featuring religious figures. It also remarked that their constituents might be offended by such an advertisement.
“They told us the ad was great, it looked nice. It’s just that we couldn’t put the name of Jesus in the ad,” Senior Pastor Mike Farabez of Compass Bible Church told ABC.
“There are certain things that they won’t advertise, and there was no mention of Christ or Christianity or anything like that, that would preclude us from having an ad,” he added.