A pre-movie advertisement promoting an Easter church service was banned from local theaters because of its mention of Jesus.
Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, Calif., created the 30-second ad to air for three weeks on 45 movie screens across Orange County starting April 1, paying more than $5,000, according to ABC.
The commercial posed questions about what some conspiracy theorists believed may have happened to Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. Claims like “the disciples stole the body” and “Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross” were mentioned.
It asked moviegoers “Did it really happen?” And ended with “Why we actually believe in the resurrection.”
But the money was returned and the ad was pulled for its “controversial” material, mainly its mention of Jesus, and its failure to comply with specific guidelines set by National CineMedia.
The agency for the national theater remarked that their constituents might be offended by such an advertisement.
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