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Jul 25, 2016

“God’s Not Dead” Billboard Rejected at RNC — but Atheist One OK

America’s progressive media voices are exploding with criticisms of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “apocalyptic” acceptance speech, some even saying it portrays a dystopian view of our country and its problems. They are wrong. We vehemently disagree that everything is great in our beloved America when Christians are being disenfranchised at every turn by close-minded...

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god-not-deadAmerica’s progressive media voices are exploding with criticisms of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “apocalyptic” acceptance speech, some even saying it portrays a dystopian view of our country and its problems.

They are wrong.

We vehemently disagree that everything is great in our beloved America when Christians are being disenfranchised at every turn by close-minded liberals who seek to impose their worldview on everyone. 

We offer, from last week’s RNC in Cleveland, this case in point (written by Todd Starnes):

Democrats are not all that fond of the Almighty. In fact, you might remember back in 2012, when they booed God during their political convention in Charlotte. I can’t recall if that was before or after they tried to remove Him from the party platform.

Republicans, on the other hand, believe we are one nation under God – and the Almighty is always welcome at their political conventions. As a matter of fact, before all the politicking starts, Republicans will gather Sunday for a church service…

After the preaching, Republican delegates will be treated to a viewing of “God’s Not Dead 2” – starring Melissa Joan Hart as a teacher who comes under fire for answering a student’s question about Jesus.

So it seemed reasonable for Pure Flix Entertainment to promote the DVD release of “God’s Not Dead 2” by renting a billboard in downtown Cleveland near the Republican National Convention site.

The 32 feet by 60 feet sign would have featured Ms. Hart along with the following message: “I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God.”

That doesn’t sound all that controversial, does it?

Well, it turns out the billboard company thought the sign was extremely controversial.

Orange Barrel Media rejected the billboard advertisement because of the “judged by God” message, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

They said the message was “too political” and “way too incendiary,” according to emails obtained by Fox News…

While the billboard promoting the Christian film was rejected, a billboard promoting atheism was permitted.

Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group of perpetually offended atheists, agnostics and freethinkers, contracted with Clear Channel to promote their message.

“It’s near the airport, right after the ‘Welcome to Cleveland’ sign,” FFRF spokesperson Annie Laurie Gaylor told The Hollywood Reporter. “The idea was that people flying into the convention couldn’t miss it.”

Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee told me he was astonished by the double standard.

“It’s a miracle that God doesn’t take America and turn us into a burnt piece of toast,” he said.

I believe Orange Barrel Media had a right to reject the message of “God’s Not Dead 2” — just like I believe a baker or a florist has a right to reject business they might find offensive. But I’m rather astonished that anyone could believe the concept of God judging someone is “way too incendiary.”

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