The American Family Association successfully petitioned Sears and JCPenney to pull their advertising from Saturday Night Live after the show mocked Jesus in a sketch called DJesus Uncrossed.
The comedy show’s Feb. 16 episode spoofed the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained by showing a post-resurrection Jesus brandishing a sword and slaughtering Roman soldiers. The voice-over intoned, “He’s risen from the dead. And he’s preaching anything but forgiveness.”
AFA contacted Sears and JCPenney after the sketch aired, telling the chain stores the depiction of Jesus “as a revenge-seeking murderer is an affront to all people of faith, especially Christians.” The group asked the companies to remove their advertising from both the show and its website.
“NBC would never do this to any other religious group, but it’s popular in Hollywood circles to go after ‘crazy’ Christians,” said AFA President Tim Wildman.