Forget Tim Tebow and the “your unborn child could be a college football player” hype. The Protestant Churches of England took that ball and ran with it, perhaps unintentionally? Their Christmas promotion poster goes back in time 2000 years (with
portable ultrasound machine) and peeks into the womb of Mary to show Jesus as a fetus.
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Protestant Churches are finalising the campaign that shows a scan of ‘baby Jesus in the Virgin Mary’s womb’, with the halo over the baby’s head. It will feature on billboards over Christmas with the following text: ‘He’s on His way. Christmas starts with Christ.’
It has been created by advertising executives from the Church of England, Methodist, United Reformed and Baptist Churches. The baby in the adverts is a composite made up of many baby scans. The posters will appear only close to Christmas, but will be available for purchase online.
But supposedly the ad is NOT meant to be pro-life propaganda. It’s just supposed to make Christmas feel real and exciting again.
The Bishop of Reading, the Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, said: ‘For many parents pregnancy gets real when you see the image from the ultrasound scan. It tells you something is actually kicking off.
‘We’ve got so used to the tinsel wrapped cosiness of the carefully packaged 21st century consumer-fest Christmas, that its astonishing reality – an actual pregnancy, a God come down to earth – is easily missed.’
Anti-choice activists are salivating over the ad, of course:
John Smeaton, the director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, told The Times: ‘This advertisement sends a powerful message to everyone in Britain where 570 babies are killed every day in the womb, 365 days a year, under the Abortion Act. Whenever we kill an unborn child in an abortion, we are killing Jesus.’
Just in case you skimmed that last line, it bears repeating: “Whenever we kill an unborn child in an abortion, we are killing Jesus.”
A representative from the National Secular Society, Terry Sanderson, had other thoughts on the poster:
‘At first glance it looks like a poster for a horror film — perhaps The Omen VI: He’s Coming to Get You,’ he said.
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