Mary's Ulrasound Draws Fire
Much like the Fruit of her womb
became a target some 2,000 years ago, the Son of God draws similar attacks
An ecumenical nonprofit in England has come under fire for their
upcoming Advent campaign designed to put Christ back into Christmas. Their
crime? Creating billboards and posters that show a Baby Jesus as an ultrasound,
with a halo. The ads, created by ChurchAds.net
say: “He’s on His way. Christmas starts with Christ.”
The U.K.‘s Guardian had the story this summer.
“It gives the impression that it was politically motivated, that they
are trying to put across some sort of subliminal message,” said Terry
Sanderson, director of the National Secular Society. “The image is too
specifically associated with pro-lifers to be seen in a benign context. They
should go back to angels and cribs.”
ChurchAds.net, a coalition of various Christian churches (including the
Church of England, the Baptist Union, the United Reformed Church, the Anglican and
the Methodist churches), denies that the ads were meant as pro-life or
“We wanted to convey that Christmas starts with Christ,” said Mike
Elms, vice chair of ChurchAds.net. “We put a halo on it because theologians
speak of Jesus being fully human and fully divine.”
The “Baby Scan Jesus” ads are being placed on billboards and posters in
churches, retail stores, bus shelters and homes. ChurchAds has also created two
clever radio ads: one an airport announcement, the other a humorous telephone message from St. Joseph about the birth
of his Son.
Last year, the group aired ads on 170 different radio stations,
reaching more than 10 million people. This year, the group hopes to air ads on
at least 200 stations, and hopes its “Ultrasound Jesus” campaign will reach 40
The billboards and ads are
running from Dec. 6 through 20.
What do you think of the ads?