Awana will not file a lawsuit against The Babylon Bee over a Donald Trump-related satire story that the national evangelical youth ministry and child evangelism nonprofit allegedly threatened legal action over.
On June 2, the popular Christian satire site published a fictional story titled “Trump Shows Off Completed Awana Vest,” which included a doctored photo of the president wearing a red Awana Sparks vest “complete with awards for Bible memory.”
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon posted to Twitter last Wednesday telling followers that the chief communications officer at Awana was “threatening to sue us if we don’t take [the story] down.”
“The claim is that this article is ‘beyond satire’ — whatever that means — and contains offensive material (an image of the president of the United States),” he tweeted.
But in a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Monday, Awana CCO Michael Handler explained that Awana was not planning to sue the satire site.
“Awana has always been and will be about reaching kids with the gospel and discipleship. We are committed to this mission,” stated Handler. “Awana is not pursuing a lawsuit against the Babylon Bee. Our prayer is that all children and youth around the world would come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Handler added that he and his organization wanted “to stay singularly committed to that mission without distraction.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski