ESPN agrees to air Cardinal Glennon ad that mentions “Jesus, God”

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A well-known St. Louis children's charity says ESPN won't air their commercial because it mentions "Jesus" and "God."  ESPN has now agreed to air the ad from Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation. They posted the following statement online:

"We have again reviewed the ads submitted for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and have concluded that we will accept the original requested commercial.

It will run in Saturday’s VCU at Northern Iowa basketball game on ESPNU. This decision is consistent with our practice of individual review of all ads under our commercial advocacy standards."

The ad is for the organization's Tree of Hope campaign and encourages people to leave messages to lift the spirits of children hospitalized over the holidays.

Originally, ESPN declined to air the commercial saying the lines, "celebrate the birth of Jesus" and "help us reveal God's healing presence" were "problematic."

Dan Buck, Vice President, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation said the commercial, "was meant to connect with viewers during this Christmas season and encourage them to send a message of hope to sick children at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center."

Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation raises funds to support children suffering from illness get the medical attention they need at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.


  • Karen Delia

    I guess the players/teams are lucky ESPN still allows the games to be aired, I mean with all of that “thanks to God, I owe everything to God” players verbalize after successful plays/games…..

  • Melinda Kunkel

    The wonderful staff of Cardinal Glennon and God, healed my daughter’s injuries she sustained from a car accident. Thanks be to God and Cardinal Glennon! I won’t be watching ESPN. Shame on you!

  • Michael Margulis

    I agree with ESPN, I am so Sick of seeing “jesus loves you” stuff on tv. Also I bet everyone that is saying “shame on ESPN” would be up in arms if they ran” muhammad loves you” comercials

    • Edna

      Don’t judge everyone by yourself. If they want to air a Mohamed commercial that is fine by me. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs. Put down the Haterade.

    • Jeremy Richterkant

      Who are you to decide what can be said in a paid commercial, Joseph Stalin? I seem to remember four hundred years ago, people left Europe because people like you would restrict what they can say. Isn’t that right, Adolf Hitler? You would restrict what people can say, isn’t that right you Afrikaner.

      • Michael Margulis

        whats the difference from everyone bashing espn for deciding what they want to put on their network. its free speech unless its someone not wanting to pray to jesus between touchdowns. like that guy in texas that made a big green street sign billboard that said satan and looked just like the ones that say jesus. the town tore it down. not that im saying we need satan commercials.its just typical Christians point of view, to call me hitler( who forced his religion on others)or stalin, because killing thousands of people is the same as being sick of seeing that curch on the rock guy pray on tv or this. thats why each year less and less people claim to be Christian.

    • Sara

      If “they” would be up in arms about a commercial mentioning Muhammad, it would be because no network would bat an eyelash at that, but nearly faints or wants to file a lawsuit if Jesus or God is mentioned. As a Christian, I realize that some believe in Muhammad, Hindi gods, Buddha, all gods, no gods, etc, and I can handle that. I respect it, and as an American and a human, I expect my beliefs to be respected also. Since the majority of Americans would label themselves as Christian, to ignore Jesus and God in popular society is to ignore all those citizens’ deeply held faith and beliefs. If you wish your beliefs to be respected, you must respect others’ beliefs.


      The issue is that ESPN has no problem running Hardees soft porn ads but running a commercial for a children’s hospital because mentioning Jesus and God is problematic is just disgraceful. I wish Bob Costas would do a commentary on this.

  • Tired of "Political Correctness"

    How utterly absurd! Do they not understand that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus? I’m so sick of everybody bowing to the minority who are offended by Christmas. If they don’t like Christmas, fine. . . . they don’t need to celebrate it. But, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the world should never refer to it because it makes them uncomfortable.

  • T Monroe

    That is a disgrace that you won’t air the 1st commercial. It’s hard to imagine what these days would be like if GOD didn’t send his only son, JESUS, to us to bear our sins. One should be rejecting his name at X-Mas time. Just take a moment to remember ALL the folks who gave up their lives just to be able to speak his name aloud and for the people who do believe. And what happened to free speech. I guess that is only to not offend the non-believers. Thats not rt. No wonder this world is going to, excuse my language, hell in a handbag. First they take the Pledge of allegiance out of the schools. Then we are suppose to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. In my opinion, if things was changed back to the way it was, just maybe there would be less violence and more caring in the World. ESPN can be the first to start with the WAY it SHOULD BE, and produce the 1st commercial and make a stand. You will have alot more support for airing it then if you air the other commercial that doesn’t even have anything at all to do with Christmas at all. Is that the reason for picking it. If I was Cardinal Glennon Hosp, I would cancel that contract with ESPN. MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • Norma Lester

    Thank you ESPN for reconsidering airing the commercial for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. It is one of the most caring children hospitals in this country not to mention one of the best medical hospitals. I’m so glad that ESPN has changed their mind.

  • Karen Altnether

    I used to work @ Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Does ESPN realize how much money and time our local sport’s teams pour into that hospital??? Football superstar, Kurt Warner, donated money for a fantastic game lounge for the children. The St. Louis Blues & St. Louis Cardinals visit the children numerous times throughout the year. Don’t tell me that Jesus, God & a Catholic Hospital have nothing to do with sports! The professional players that ESPN depends on all year long for their programming would prove you wrong every time!

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