An ad from the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation has reportedly been turned down by ESPN because its mention of Jesus could be “problematic” for the cable sports network:

Here is the full ad that apparently has been deemed too potentially offensive to air at Christmas-time:

ESPN is being shredded for reportedly refusing to run the ad:

https://twitter.com/MissCharityLove/status/410944901774180352

https://twitter.com/Eh_millionaire/status/410982920908996608

We will watch for a reaction from ESPN and post it as an update if they respond.

Update:

Sarah Palin blasts:

  • adam

    I don’t really see the problem. It’s their right to refuse a companies money and not run an ad. In the end, because of this story, this hospitals commercial will reach more people through youtube then they ever would have through ESPN

    • alpharob

      Bet they wouldn’t turn down an ad for the birth of Mohammed.

      Also, the duplicity. Think about it. We as parents have to put up with
      the raunchiest stinking ads while trying to watch a sporting event.. many
      that offend the sensibilities of quite a few people. And yet, a single word
      is contained in an ad and the ad is refused. Shocked? Not at all:

      “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

      • adam

        That’s the thing… it’s not shocking, it’s expected. I’m a Christian myself, but I also believe strongly in the free market. If they don’t want to run the ad, o well.

        God’s message can never be held back. This commercial needed be been seen by more people and this instance provided just that.

        • Dixie_Sugarbaker

          This is the free market at work; they do something that offends a large segment of the population who are then free to not watch their channel.

        • BAW

          Don’t disagree that the decision hurts ESPN and ultimately helps the children’s fund, however…..

          I think people should reject the idea anytime and every time political correctness is used to inappropriately suppress a free expression of religion.

          I’m not what you would call religious but I am concerned about the constant attacks on Christianity. “Freedom of religion” doesn’t mean much when any idiot can deem any expression of religion offensive and ban it and we allow it to happen. We already allowed it to go to far, in my opinion, when the PC police banned Christmas carols from our public schools. Beautiful music our children are not allowed to learn or enjoy because it “offends” someone and it exposes them to those “offensive” religious stories.

        • jimboli1961

          If they have the right to refuse the ad, we have the right to criticize them, and to shun them.

      • Austin Goss

        Are you kidding me? bet they would turn down and ad for the birth of Mohammad you stupid idiot! Why are they going to alienate their viewers by taking religious sides of any kind! That is what they would see themselves doing! Fucking Christians are getting so butt hurt over everything now, maybe the religion is new to the persecution of the masses, but so is every other religion!

        • Not The Penguin

          STFU! Seriously? Christians are always butt hurt? Libs aren’t happy unless their bitching about something. And check your friggin’ grammar too asshat.

          • jimboli1961

            All true, The Penguin. Still, check your grammar. You used “their” where you should have used “they’re,” the contraction of “they are.”

        • Eveline

          You need help, you are a very disturbed person.

        • jimboli1961

          Whoa. Relax, Francis.

    • radicallyalyssa

      The fact that it’s because of a mention of Jesus is why it’s so upsetting. You’re right, it’s the company’s decision to make, but this was a bad decision any way you slice it.

    • b_truit

      If your looking at this with the constitution in mind then yes I would agree with you. Private company, can play air what they wish. However, as a Christian and this is disgusting and espn deserves not to be watched. Don’t confuse what I am saying, the Gov does not need to force espn to do anything but
      Jesus said that if you wont claim me then I wont claim you. epsn is wrong here. Gods law trumps our law any day.

      • Bathing Suit Area

        > “Gods law trumps our law any day.”

        Sounds like a call for sharia to me.

        • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

          READ…YOUR BIBLE! #BillCosby #AdamAndEve XD Jawamax 8<{D}

        • b_truit

          That’s right because “kill infidels” is the same as “love your neighbor a yourself” You just displayed your utter ignorance thus proving your stupidity. People like you are lucky there is a 1st amendment.

          • jimboli1961

            Well said, b_truit.

        • jimboli1961

          Only if you want it to, Bathing S.A. Equating Christians who live God’s law to Muzzies who live the devil’s sharia law is a fallacy that only true haters cling to. It’s nonsense, as you should already know.

      • Eveline

        The constitution and religion was ruled on by left wing judges. When our founding fathers wrote the constitution, they meant that the government can’t tell you what religion to practice, not that you couldn’t practice it in school, on government property etc. Remember our fore fathers came her because of religious persecution. They prayed over everything, even what crops to plant. If it were a muslim ad they would have jumped at showing it.

    • walterc

      It is their right to not air an ad like this, and it’s also our right to boycott them for that decision. That’s how America works. If you depend on Americans for your business, try not to offend them. Just ask the Dixie Chicks how that works.

      • carriebwc

        The Dixie Chicks are doing just fine, by the way.

        • walterc

          I haven’t heard from them in near 10 years, so my apologies if they’re doing good.

        • jimboli1961

          No, they’re not. They are pretty much history.

      • jimboli1961

        Yes!!

    • jimboli1961

      You don’t see the problem? None are so blind as those who will not see.

  • Clayton Grant

    Would they air an open message saying Happy Ramadan wishes? I’m thinking the answer is yes.

  • Matthew Koch

    If they want to be dumba–es and offend people who might flock to their network and therefore increase their revenues, then fine by me.

    I live in Saint Louis where Cardinal Glennon is located. I am well aware of the great work that these people do. Families of kids there consistently talk about how great the place is (those supposedly awful healthcare providers).

    ESPN can F— OFF!

  • Frustrated Teacher

    Might have to watch is a lot less….except for football :-)

  • URGR82

    Yeah they can refuse…and I have quit watching them for years now.

    • V the K

      I ditched cable and network television this year entirely. I’ve missed college football and hockey a little bit, but it’s worth it to know I’m not helping to pay Bill Maher and Ed Schultz.

    • McFate

      Problem is: even if you quit watching them, as long as you have cable/satellite service that includes the ESPN channels, you’re paying a hefty fee (several dollars per month) to them.

      To boycott in the short term, you’d have to get a TV plan that doesn’t include the channel (i.e., drop cable and live on Hulu and NetFlix only). In the longer term you can push for a-la-carte pricing so that you can ditch individual channels.

      • URGR82

        I dropped cable for that very reason….it sucks but after a while you find new things to do or other ways to enjoy the information you need and want. I used to not care to boycot businesses but they take so much of the profits to low grade people (or those that disagree with them) in and out of the media that I had enough of it.

  • PeterP

    How dare a Christian organization mention the birth of Jesus in a commercial commemorating the spirit of the holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus.

    • D-dubs

      I hope all of these people tweeting about this are serious when they say they will not watch ESPN anymore. That’s the only way to make a difference in the media realm. If 1 million people refuse to turn on the station for a while then advertisers will leave and go somewhere else……the advertisers are the next ones to target. Email or call them and ask why they are advertising on a bigoted TV station. Thank you Twitchy….keep exposing these hacks !

  • PeterP

    ESPN, the employer of Ray Lewis, has standards.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      VERY LOW Standards…. FIFY! Jawamax 8<{D}

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

        Well they also have double standards.

  • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I’d really be interested in hearing from ESPN about this. What their excuse is going to be.

  • ObamaFail

    I bet if muslims had an ad that they wanted run on ESPN that mentioned Allah and death to infidels, I bet ESPN would make sure to run it frequently.

    I also bet if muslims wanted to run an ad on ESPN on 9/11 celebrating the day, ESPN would be afraid of offending the muslims and would run it, then would desperately be trying to defend themselves when families of 9/11 victims start raising a stink

  • http://thekencarroll.blogspot.com/ Ken Carroll

    It’s Christmas and there’s no room in the ESPN for Jesus.

    • ObamaFail

      Well its a day ending in Y. So there is no room in my home for ESPN.

  • Thomas

    ESPN doesn’t deserve nor do they need my viewership. I am through with Monday Night Football and NCAA Basketball on ESPN

  • descolada9

    I still do not have cable television. For that matter, I can’t local television, either.

  • Lisa CH

    To me even though I’m a Christian it’s not even so much the Jesus part it’s the fact they refuse to help these kids just because they mention Jesus. Why not get out of your own way and actually help a child in need- How ridiculous have we become?

  • Maxx

    Well, I usually am not the kind of person who shifts my viewing habits on the decisions of networks but in this case, if ESPN doesn’t apologize for this one, I’m off to Fox Sports Live from this point forward.
    http://msn.foxsports.com/watch/fox-sports-live

    You’re not only penalizing yourself, you’re penalizing those kids. Who the hell is running the show up there in Connecticut?

    • ICOYAR

      I live about maybe less than 45 minutes away, in Massachusetts. Nothing but leftist sh!t-for-brains coupled with high crime rates in Springfield MA (where I live) and Hartford CT.

      There is a reason my girlfriend lives on the other side of the world, and the main reason being the girls here are far too leftist and deluded.

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

        Back in the early 80s I had taken a weekend tip from our shipyard in New Jersey to see an old shipmate in New Hampsha’. I was taking my time going back and ended up driving though the campus of Smith College.

        Long before the acronym existed I said to myself, “O-M-G!!” I wasn’t sue of the sex of some of the students I saw, but late leaned that biologically they were supposed to be women. Excuse me, I meant Womyn.

    • Le Chiffre

      I’ve had an ESPN ban for years now. Despicable network. They’re ultra biased towards all NY teams (look no further than “lead NBA analyst” Stephen A. Smith), and of course have a special interest in all the “big money team” (Miami Heat, for example). I can understand covering more successful teams – but it’s in the narrative of each broadcast and the commentary why they do it.
      I’m from Indiana, so of course basketball comes after nothing else but God, and we take it pretty seriously. The Pacers are literally the best team in the association right now, but from the re-posted articles and blogs I’ve seen ESPN barely recognizes them. Proving it’s not about the best teams for them. It’s about the money making teams – and those from NY.
      Mixed with their constant condescending remarks about soccer, my other favorite sport. Every once in a while they would show a clip of some, again big money making team scoring a not-so-impressive goal.
      Just poor biased broadcasting. Fox Sports is great, ROOT is decent too.

      • GrindingMills

        You probably haven’t watched ESPN lately. They have been showing the Pacers seemingly non stop, and feeding the Paul George hype machine (he’s not actually that good.) I agree that Steven A Smith is obnoxious, but I can’t hate on him. He’s a very outspoken Christian (as well as Chris Brussard).

        Additionally, they show plenty of soccer highlights on the ESPNFC program. I agree that most of the FC highlights are from “big money” teams, but do you think anyone really cares about non-champions league caliber teams?

        • Le Chiffre

          Well I am on a ban, so I haven’t watched in years! I’m glad to hear the Pacers are mentioned. Again, I was going off the re-posted blogs and articles I’ve came across. I’m surprised to see that Knicks fans can be Christians too! Joking of course, I’m happy to see Stephen A is a believer. I knew Broussard was. I do frequent the ESPNFC website, it’s always been good. My memories of Sportcenter’s coverage were not so good. I’m a supporter of a big money team, but ESPN pledges allegiance, like most journos, to Manchester United. I’m glad they don’t show the MOTW anymore. Regardless, your update has given me hope!
          I won’t hold your beliefs on PG against you.

  • BAW

    So do the “smart” guys at ESPN think they’d be violating some separation of church and football or that they would be unconstitutionally establishing a religion by running the ad?

    If their concern was that it would offend non-Christians I think they are suffering from serious math dyslexia. And, of course, just general stupidity (it’s for the kids!).

  • AmericanMom

    If I hear the letters ESPN on my radio, I change the channel. It’s that easy.

  • rssllue

    This is what happens when you want to be popular more than to do the right thing. Welcome to the new America. Extremely Silly Peoples’ Negativity. But in positive news, Jesus is the KING!

  • ICOYAR

    Of course, they would be perfectly OK with airing ads showing Kwanzaa and its militantly racist origins and “celebrations”, or would be perfectly fine with the atheist “Festivus” with it’s beer can totem pole of misery or some other Politically-Correct bullsh!t like that.

  • Vik

    I don’t see the issue with this. ESPN has been consistent and not mentioned religion of any kind pretty much. Yeah, it sucks that people get offended so easily, but there’s more coverage this way anyway I guess.

    • Chase Crosby

      I agree completely. What would people say if they ran a islamic ad? It’s a free market. They aren’t attacking Christians and they actually employ a lot of Christians. We need to support the free market and not attack any little thing they do. The libs do enough of that.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      Networks all over TV have no issue whatsoever running Christmas ads, Christmas movies, Christmas this, Christmas that…what is the purpose of CHRISTmas? Would it be to maybe celebrate the birth of Jesus? Why wouldn’t any ad be allowed to mention the birth of Jesus at Christmas? I’m not a Christian, but it sure seems to me the folks who want references to Jesus distanced from the holiday that celebrates his birth are the folks who have it all wrong. Anyone offended by the mention of Jesus but is celebrating Christmas is a hypocrite to the extreme.

      • Vik

        I agree with that, I’m not a Christian or religious, I have no problem with people believing what they choose to. I don’t mind an ad by a religious charity or such; I like living in a country where a Christian or Muslim charity or whatever supports people. I just think the reverse reaction, of getting angry that they refused to air this commercial, is silly too. It’s protocol for them to not air anything religious. I get that they still air some gratuitous material that offends sensibilities, but comparing that to religious material is apples and oranges. It would be different if ESPN was airing other religious material, but they’re not.

        • Michelle ✓classified

          It wasn’t religious material, it was a commercial about a children’s program at that hospital. The entire commercial is about Christmas. If ESPN has a “no religious material” policy, they should refuse ALL commercials that have anything to do with Christmas. Christmas is not some generic holiday, it is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Christmas in its entirety is “religious material” even if the general non-religious public has hijacked that day and its true meaning. I’ll say it again, anyone who doesn’t believe in Christ has no business whatsoever celebrating Christmas. It’s the epitome of hypocrisy.

    • Oysteria

      It’s not ESPN mentioning Jesus. It’s an ad for a good cause. Running the ad does not mean they endorse the beliefs of the group.

      Taking the extra added effort to try and not offend will far too often cause more offense. For a station dedicated to macho sports, they sure need to grow a pair.

    • Julescat

      now let’s get back to ESPN promoting o-hole. Maybe an hour long special where he picks his basketball brackets?

      • Vik

        I mean, I’m just trying to watch sports when I watch ESPN. I couldn’t care less about all that haha

  • Matt

    Meh, keep religion out of sports and keep politics out of sports.

    I want to hear ESPN’s side on this. “Reportedly” and taking Bill and his guest’s word doesn’t cut it with me.

    • http://macsen573.wix.com/overdrive Macsen Overdrive ✓re-rolled

      The ad was a Christmas ad.

      • V the K

        Some people just can’t stand to see the mention of Christ anywhere.

        • Matt

          Similar to people with Allah or Muhammad, no?

          • V the K

            Yeah, you can whine about that when someone blows away a busload of schoolchildren while screaming “Jesus loves you.”

      • james

        good bye ESPN , I will back
        Jesus and little children that need our help at Christmas, then watch your network anymore….who wants to hurt a kid at Christmas -> ESPN

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Do you really think one of those Pious AthESPNs would come on O’Reilly (Or Hannity, Or Megyn Kelly) and explain why the mention of Jesus’ birth is a Problem to their Network? No, I’m not holding my breath for their appearance, either…Jawamax 8<{D}

      • Matt

        The only side we have here is Bill O’reilly’s side. He says the ad was banned. How do we know ESPN ever saw the ad?

  • Mike Marchand

    Hey, people? ESPN is the network that devoted nearly EVERY AVAILABLE SECOND of airtime to Tim Tebow. Let’s try to get a grip.

    • Zach Smith

      How is that relevant to banning a commercial?

      • Mike Marchand

        Because some people seem to think that because of this ESPN is somehow anti-Christian or that if it were for a mosque they would have aired it. That’s ludicrous.

  • http://macsen573.wix.com/overdrive Macsen Overdrive ✓re-rolled

    Two words and a number: Fox Sports 1.

  • EDUCATEDPATRIOT

    OK, so we have reached the point where the MENTION of the birth of Jesus Christ is “problematic”, but we have parades in this country where naked people simulate gay sex acts and that is CELEBRATED.

    Just checkin’…

    • Zach Smith

      Obama’s America.

  • radjahshelduck

    I’ve got an idea for an ESPN promo: show God smiting the lot of them. And then underneath show the caption “This is SportsCenter.”

  • http://www.carlarolfe.com/ Carla Rolfe

    I don’t watch ESPN so I would have never seen/heard of the ad. Because it was banned, however, due to the name of Jesus, I have now seen it and heard it. Sometimes social media just simply rocks. :)

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Which is exactly why this story sounds fake.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        The ad is real, I saw it…. Just like the GREENPEACE Ad of “Santa Claus” (Portrayed badly by some actor) Telling people (including Children) that “He’s losing his home, due to Global warming/Climate Change” (WHATEVS!!), and that another probable outcome of this may be the “Cancellation of Christmas..Forevermore…”
        Jawamax 8<{D}

        • Bathing Suit Area

          I know the ad is real, but it seems quite plausible that someone realised they could get a whole lot more free publicity by claiming to be banned rather than paying for airtime.

      • Zach Smith

        It sounds fake because ESPN’s behavior is so ludicrous. I often react with, “You’re kidding!” when I am told some of the things that liberals have done or proposed.

  • andso

    so a tv station can refuse advertising, but a bakery can’t refuse to bake a cake?

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    CO bakery owner forced to violate his religious beliefs and make cake for same sex couple, shouldn’t ESPN be forced by courts to run ads they find “problematic?” Double standard in favor of liberal progressive bull sh## once again.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Somehow I really think it’s to do with its being a Catholic hospital specifically– you know, those mean evil RC’s who hate Obamacare because it actually won’t allow them a freedom-of-conscience principled stand against participating in any system that’s going to mandate certain coverages in the reproductive-system end of things that RC’s find abhorrent. And of course, the no-female-priests thing is just another example of the Pope’s war on women, right?

    The Proggies have a hard-on against the Catholic Church probably more than for any other institution. Either ESPN employs such people, or are so cowed by them that ESPN dare not offend them, which is probably at the bottom of this.

  • Garrett Gripling

    Maybe the ad should have said “we celebrate the birth of Obama” instead.

  • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

    Yet another reason to be annoyed with Every Sport But Hockey. Thank God the only thing I ever watch on there is the occasional lacrosse match.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    This calls for a BOYCOTT! I’m a Catholic and a sports fan, but this totally TAKES THE CAKE! At AthESPN (See what I did there?), they mention the good works of Athletes in Community-based organizations all the time, but they can’t air ONE SPOT for a Children’s Hospital? I think the AthESPN Brass should remember:”Whatever so much you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me…” /RANT Off Jawamax 8<{D}

  • SpiffyMclure

    I don’t buy this story at all. Don’t see why ESPN wouldn’t run the ad. ESPN hasn’t commented. The hospital hasn’t commented. The only place this gets mentioned is on Big Head Bill’s War on Christmas™ segment and even then, they had to get some guy who runs a Christian advocacy group on to comment, and even he didn’t know anything about it. Lots of folks on the fainting couch about this, but nobody seems to have any official notices from anybody involved. I know it’s not how the rage machine works, but wouldn’t it better to confirm that the story is/isn’t true?

  • GrindingMills

    ESPN is the same network that defended Chris Brussard’s pro marriage comments, and frequently talked up the role of Tim Tebow’s faith (in a positive manner). I think not accepting this commercial is a mistake, but I do believe ESPN has an overall good record on this.

  • socalcon

    {sigh} Dec 12th and saw my first Nativity among the Christmas decorations this morning.

  • Dr Why

    Hey, what does Christmas have to do with Jesus anyway?

  • Samson4you

    Let’s raise our collective voices and tell ESPN what we think. You can CONTACT THEM on their “official site” at: http://espn.go.com/
    or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ESPN

    Alternatively, you can EMAIL them at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?page=espncscontact
    or WRITE to ESPN Corporate Office & Headquarters at, 500 South
    Buena Vista Street Burbank CA 91521 and
    you can CALL ESPN corporate’s phone number:at
    (818) 560-1000

    And, finally, you can CONTACT THEIR ADVERTISERS. A
    directory is available at http://espn.go.com/dallas/radio/story?page=advertisers

  • Austin Goss

    People complaining over this are just over reacting to what has become good business practice! DO NOT ALIENATE ANY OF YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE!

  • TocksNedlog

    “God’s healing presence”? Oh noooooooooooooooes!!!11!!!!

  • Deborah Taylor Naves

    What part of CHRISTMAS does ESPN not understand? This holiday was created to celebrate the birth of our Savior. If this Catholic organization can’t ask for the God’s healing blessings through a simple and tender commercial, then ESPN needs to have a ‘come to Jesus’ conference……. literally.

  • Ed McDowell

    No ESPN Christians don’t slice and dice you if you mention Jesus ,its Muslims that do that if you mention Mohammed. So its OK t put the Jesus ad on.

  • Jimbo99

    Maybe if the Catholic church would do something about the pedophiles in their ranks, maybe ESPN could sell them ad space ?

    • nickdqwk

      Those are the liberal, progressives that have infiltrated the church, and by the way that is not the discussion at this time.

  • nickdqwk

    I sure would have liked to have seen some tweets from the NASCAR fans and drivers owners, ESPN gets a good share of ratings during their stint of the NASCAR season.

    Edit: Silence is acceptance!

  • gena123

    I guess this means we can sue ESPN like the Gay couple who sued to get a wedding cake, we can sue to get an ad because they are violating our first amendment and discriminating right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zach Smith

    I am so glad I cut the cable.

  • Eveline

    Totally disgusted with ESPN. I have news for them sports fans are Christians too. Just because people like sports, don’t assume they are atheists that don’t care about children. Since you are owned by Disney, maybe there should be a boycott of Disneyland and Disney World. After all, you don’t like children.

  • jimboli1961

    ESPN, you are dead to me. Your intolerance of goodness is disgusting.