Billboards Promoting Greg Laurie’s SoCal Harvest Event Removed from Malls After Complaints

Evangelist Greg Laurie, who leads the multi-campus Harvest Christian Fellowship, was recently forced to remove billboards promoting his annual SoCal Harvest event from two popular malls in Southern California because they featured him holding a nondescript Bible in his hand that some people found offensive.

Even after the evangelist and his team adjusted the artwork for the billboard to use innocuous photos to promote the event, however, the company they contracted to advertise the event nixed their promotion.

“There was nothing overtly religious about it (billboard image),” John Collins, Harvest executive director, said in a CBN News report.

He noted that the Bible depicted in the image on the billboards did not have a cross, religious symbols, or even the word “Bible” on it.

The annual SoCal Harvest is a free, three-night event that will take place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 17–19. Now in its 29th year, the event is expected to feature music from leading Christian artists, as well as a Gospel message by Laurie, who will tackle questions such as “What is the meaning of life?” and “What happens when we die?”

Laurie and his team, according to CBN, contracted Irvine Company, a real estate company in Southern California, to advertise the event and they agreed to post large billboards at Fashion Island, a swanky outdoor mall in Orange County. They were also placed at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, another Harvest spokesperson told The Christian Post Tuesday.

The company asked that the billboards be revised, however, after they drew several complaints, including a “serious threat” at Fashion Island. Though the image of the Bible was removed, the issue with the billboards was not abated, forcing the company to remove them altogether, according to the terms of the contract they had with Laurie and his team. The contract states: “Management reserves the right to not display any materials that could be construed as vulgar or offensive.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair

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