An advertisement for a Christian film has been rejected as “way too incendiary” by billboard company Orange Barrel Media in Cleveland, Ohio ahead of the RNC convention.
The ad for the movie God’s Not Dead 2, starring Melissa Joan Hart, was to be posted for the Republican National Convention next week.
What was so offensive about it? The words: “I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God.” Scandalous!
Orange Barrel told Pure Flix, the distributor, it didn’t like the “judged by God” message, calling it “too political” and “way too incendiary,” according to emails obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. On another occasion, insiders said the billboard company complained that even the title of the film was considered problematic.
Early on, Orange Barrel cited Republican National Committee rules barring “scandalous” signage, though Pure Flix argued that the RNC would have no problem with their message, especially since former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is in the movie. In fact, the GOP has partnered with Pure Flix for a worship service the night prior to the start of the convention, followed by a screening of the movie (with food provided by Chick-fil-A).
The billboard for God’s Not Dead 2 (pictured below) was supposed to be posted on the side of a building.
How is this too political or incendiary?
Meanwhile, this billboard from an atheist group (through a different billboard company) will be allowed to stand unanswered.
Do you think this was anti-Christian bias on the part of the billboard company – or do you agree with them that the billboard was incendiary? Tell us in the comments below!