ESPN Reverses Decision to Reject 'Birth of Jesus' Ad

By Eric Scheiner | December 12, 2013 | 4:05pm EST

Image From Cardinal Glennon Medical Center Ad

-ESPN has changed its mind and has decided to allow a St. Louis Children’s Medical Center to air an ad referencing “the birth of Jesus” and “God’s healing message.”

In an email to, Josh Krulewitz, VP of ESPN Communications says, “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.”

As previously reported, the ad had been initially rejected.

Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital says the commercial was rejected by ESPN because it references “the birth of Jesus” and “God’s healing message.”

The ad is part of the St. Louis hospital’s “Tree of Hope Appeal” and asks members of the community to send in a message of hope “to sick and injured children who may not be able to come home for the holidays."

The voice–over says at the hospital, “We celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving, bringing hope to the many children, parents, and families that we serve.”

"Help us reveal God's healing presence this Christmas. Send your message of hope at," the ad continues.

Originally ESPN agreed to air a different advertisement for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center instead that didn't mention the "birth of Jesus". It has now reversed that decision and will air the original ad.

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