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Some Christians outraged over organ donor ad depicting Jesus signing up while nailed to the cross

The advertisement is a depiction of Jesus Christ being convinced by two Roman soldiers to sign up as an organ donor while he's nailed to the cross. (Image source: Video screenshot)

An Australian organ donor registration ad campaign has sparked outrage among some Christians who've started a petition to have the ad removed, the Christian Post reported.

The 2 1/2-minute advertisement is a depiction of Jesus Christ being convinced by two Roman soldiers to sign up as an organ donor while he's nailed to the cross.

The donor registration campaign, dubbed Dying to Live, published the ad called "What Would Jesus Do?" on Oct. 14.

More than 21,000 had signed the petition that was created on Change.org by Wednesday afternoon.

What are the details?

The Roman soldiers strike up a conversation about organ donation with Jesus who's hanging on the cross. They explain to him that his organs could save as many as seven lives.

The actor who portrayed Jesus agreed.

"Obviously, I would do it, I'm Jesus," he said.

One of the soldiers places a cellphone on the end of a spear and puts it up to one of Jesus' hands to confirm his "pre-filled" donor registration form.

"Thank you, Jesus. You're a good guy," one of the soldiers replied.

Next, one of the soldiers said that Jesus' "family has to be on board with this." The clip cuts to Mary and Joseph.

"We think that's awesome!" they responded.

At the end of the ad, the soldiers asked to take a selfie with Jesus.

What do critics say?

Some of the petitioners described the advertisement a mockery.

This is discriminating against my faith," Susan Sassine wrote on the petition website. "You wouldn't do it to Mohammed, or a vegan or even an atheist. You are mocking our king and savior."

"As a Christian, this is offensive. Try doing something like this to the LGBT.....alphabet people," Pieter Grobbelaar wrote.

And some Muslims have also found the depiction offensive.

Keysar Trad, the founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, told the Daily Telegraph that the ad "showed irreverence toward venerated figures" and that the video would "cause offense to some Muslims and some Christians."

What else?

Still, some didn't find the depiction disrespectful.

"It uses the self-sacrificial example of Jesus to communicate an important message," Anglican Bishop of South Sydney Michael Stead, told The Telegraph.

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