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He Gets Us responds to AOC's attack on Christian Super Bowl ads | Fox News

  
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By:   Aaron Kliegman (Fox News)

He Gets Us responds to AOC's attack on Christian Super Bowl ads | Fox News
The group behind two Super Bowl commercials promoting the Christian faith responded Monday to attacks from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and others.

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A Christian organization spent $20 million as part of a campaign to produce two Super Bowl ads to promote Jesus Christ on the night of the game on Sunday.

The group behind two commercials promoting the Christian faith that aired during the Super Bowl responded Monday to a series of attacks from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and others who took issue with advertisements promoting Jesus as a role model.

"Our research shows that many people's only exposure to Jesus is through Christians who reflect him imperfectly, and too often in ways that create a distorted or incomplete picture of his radical compassion and love for others," He Gets Us spokesperson Jason Vanderground told Fox News Digital when asked to respond to ongoing attacks. "We believe it's more important now than ever for the real, authentic Jesus to be represented in the public marketplace as he is in the Bible."

He Gets Us, a campaign touting itself as a "movement to reintroduce people to the Jesus of the Bible and his confounding love and forgiveness," aired two advertisement spots during Sunday night's Super Bowl.

The first one is 30 seconds and urges viewers to "be childlike" while showing children being helpful and kind to each other and animals. "Jesus didn't want us to act like adults," appears on the screen. "He gets us. All of us. Jesus."

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"On multiple occasions, Jesus used the term 'childlike' to refer to a humble and trusting attitude," said Vanderground, referring to the ad. "Christians often refer to their faith as childlike, being humble enough to place one's trust in a power greater than self."

The second ad is 60 seconds and is meant to promote inclusion amid perceived division. It shows people arguing and confronting each other angrily until "Jesus loved the people we hate" appears onscreen.

"What could possibly be louder and more powerful than hate? Love can. But not just any love. Confounding love. Unconditional love. Sacrificial love. The love we see in Jesus," Vanderground said of the longer ad. "What if we tried to love our enemies the way Jesus loved his? How would it change the tenor of our conflicts and our conversations?"

Despite the messages of love and inclusion, Ocasio-Cortez took issue with the commercials, appearing to liken them to fascism.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took issue with the He Gets Us ads that aired during the Super Bowl (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

"Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign," the New York Democrat wrote in a tweet.

According to He Gets Us, however, the goal of the ads is anything but fascist.

"He [Jesus] cares about our problems because he has experienced them. He gets us," said Vanderground. "We believe that investing in efforts to ensure more people consider his life and movement as inspiration for their own, will in turn, help improve the lives of those listening — and begin to create the kind of cascade of love Jesus himself sought to generate."

Ocasio-Cortez wasn't the only Democrat to take issue with the religiously-themed commercials.

A Democratic operative who promoted the false narrative that Border Patrol agents were whipping Haitian migrants similarly attacked He Gets Us on Twitter.

"With the money the 'He Gets Us' people spent on their right-wing Jesus ads, they could permanently house 1,563 people experiencing homelessness," wrote Sawyer Hackett, who according to his Twitter profile is a senior adviser to both the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro.

It reportedly costs $7 million for 30 seconds of ad time during the Super Bowl broadcast. The He Gets Us spots are part of a multimillion-dollar campaign from the nonprofit Servant Foundation, which also does business as an organization called the Signatry.

Twitter users were quick to note that Hackett didn't take issue with any of the other ads promoting things such as beer or gambling — just the ones promoting Jesus.

"Instead of responding to divisiveness in anger or avoiding conflict altogether, Jesus demonstrated how we can and should show confounding love and respect to one another," said Vanderground. "The goal is that the two commercials will not only inspire those who may be skeptical of Christianity to ask questions and learn more about Jesus, but also encourage Christians to live out their faith even better and exhibit the same confounding love and forgiveness Jesus modeled."

Vanderground added that the Super Bowl commercials can open a better way to respond to the inevitable adversity that comes with life.

"Many people today have experienced acts of kindness, love and support from others, but they've also experienced disagreements, anger, and resentment," he said. "Together, these spots connect the dots on how we can respond better in all circumstances with love and understanding."

Aaron Kliegman is a politics reporter for Fox News Digital.


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Texan1211
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1  seeder  Texan1211    8 months ago
"Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign," the New York Democrat wrote in a tweet.

Sometimes it is hard knowing that this woman attended a college in America.

Such a waste of an educational opportunity.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  JohnRussell    8 months ago

I didnt see anything wrong with the commercials themselves, I guess my final opinion would be based on the nature of the group that paid to air them. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @2    8 months ago
I didnt see anything wrong with the commercials themselves, I guess my final opinion would be based on the nature of the group that paid to air them. 

You must have attended a different college than AOC.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @2    8 months ago

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The “He Gets Us” Jesus Super Bowl Commercial Is Connected to an Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBTQ Group

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During Super Bowl Sunday’s array of ads, one campaign sought not to promote cars or sports betting or a snack food, but Jesus himself.

One ad, exhibiting black-and-white photos of civil rights protests,  Covid-19  lockdown demonstrations, and numerous other nondescript confrontations, was marched forward to the tune of “Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man. Encounters that flattened everyone (whether protesting against wearing masks in a pandemic or against police brutality) into misguidedly angry individuals were paired with lyrics like “Take a look in the mirror, and what do you see, do you see it clearer, or are you deceived? … Cause I’m only human after all, you’re only human after all.”

Jesus loved the people we hate.   #HeGetsUs     pic.twitter.com/TFlxxCLBM7 — HeGetsUs (@HeGetsUs)   February 13, 2023

The music faded, the screen cut to black. “Jesus loved the people we hate,” the screen read. Cue the music’s powerful return. “He gets  us.  All of  us ,” the ad continued, before  “us”  was then transposed to “Jes us.”

The stirring ad was part of the  larger “He Gets Us” campaign  bankrolled by the conservative evangelical group Servant Foundation. The ad, urging viewers to look beyond their apparently equally valid differences and instead find solidarity through the church, did not come from a group that even pretends to follow such hollow advice.

As Andrew Perez reported at   The Lever , the Servant Foundation donated more than $50 million to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal organization that helped draft the   Mississippi abortion law   at the core of the Supreme Court’s overturning of   Roe v. Wade .   Fresh off that victory, they’re seeking to block the abortion drug   mifepristone .

The group is also leading a Supreme Court case that argues businesses should be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ+ customers. The organization previously argued in the 2018 Supreme Court case  Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission   that involved a baker who refused to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

A 2020 tax return showed that the nearly $1 billion asset-holding Servant Foundation’s top contributions were to the Alliance Defending Freedom, according to  Lever.

The “He Gets Us” campaign also received money from donors like Hobby Lobby billionaire co-founder  David Green , who sued the government to overturn Obamacare’s contraception mandate for company coverage due to “religious objections.” The court ruled in 2014 that Hobby Lobby could in fact deny contraceptive coverage to its employees. Green’s Hobby Lobby warehouses were also ordered to return thousands of Iraqi artifacts “ collected ” by the tycoon to adorn the Museum of the Bible, which Green is a primary funder of and tax write-off benefactor of.

“He Gets Us” also ran an  ad  earlier in the Super Bowl urging viewers to be more childlike, since “Jesus didn’t want us to act like adults.” The Super Bowl ads are part of a larger campaign; another “He Gets Us” ad positions Jesus as an influencer “canceled” by the “establishment.”

Another ad produced by the billionaire-backed organization veers toward poverty porn, reminding us that “Jesus struggled to make ends meet, too.”

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.2.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2    8 months ago
Another ad produced by the billionaire-backed organization veers toward poverty porn, reminding us that “Jesus struggled to make ends meet, too.”

What a spectacularly idiotic comment.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3  seeder  Texan1211    8 months ago

The ads did NOTHING of what the horribly-mistaken AOC 'thought' they did.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4  seeder  Texan1211    8 months ago
"Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign," the New York Democrat wrote in a tweet.

Is there a Democrat alive today who really knows what fascism is, and do they know how and when to use the word properly?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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4.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Texan1211 @4    8 months ago
Is there a Democrat alive today who really knows what fascism is, and do they know how and when to use the word properly?

Sure doesn't seem like it.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4.1.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1    8 months ago
Sure doesn't seem like it.

I know.

I will need to see an example of it before I believe it.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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4.2  Sparty On  replied to  Texan1211 @4    8 months ago

AOC is just parroting what she was programmed to say at her College indoctrination center.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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5  Sparty On    8 months ago

New York must be so proud.

 
 
 
Hallux
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5.1  Hallux  replied to  Sparty On @5    8 months ago

I expect they are prouder of her than of Georgie-boy.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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5.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  Hallux @5.1    8 months ago

I suspect you are right.  

Myself, I wouldn’t be proud of voting for either of them but the again I wouldn’t have, so that is really moot point

 
 

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