Pigeon Forge (WVLT/AP) The Miracle Theater is taking it's message national, again.
The Pigeon Forge theater made national headlines earlier this week with an ad Monday in USA Today speaking out against comments made by Kathy Griffin while accepting a creative arts Emmy earlier this month.
And Friday, they ran another full page ad in the USA Today Friday/Weekend edition.
The ad promotes it's "Million Voices for Christ" petition.
The Miracle Theater General Manager Russ Hollingsworth, says, “The message of this petition is simple respect. Our primary objective is to give any person who wants to speak out in support of Christ, an outlet to do so.”
The ad's headline, "Enough is Enough! Stand Up for Christ."
According to a news release, it asks the public to join the “Million Voices for Christ” Petition at www.MiracleTheater.com.
The petition states, “The name of Jesus Christ should not be mocked, nor should those who love Him be slandered for their beliefs. It is time for people of faith around the country to stand firm against religious slander, bias, and bigotry of all types including Christianity.”
The ad states the theater’s goal is to get one million signatures or more so their voices will be heard.
The controversy surrounds Griffin's comments while accepting the Emmy for her Bravo reality show, "My Life on the D-List."
Griffin said that "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."
She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!"
Griffin, whose standup comedy shows often focus on mocking and dishing on celebrities, issued a statement through her publicist in response to the Catholic League's criticisms, indicating her statements were meant as a joke.
"Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?" she said in the statement.
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(Information from the Associated Press was used in this article)
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