“Saturday Night Live” is known for pushing the limits, but the NBC spoof show  may have gone too far with a recent skit that mocked Jesus.
The  inflammatory Feb. 16 skit, inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s excessively violent “Django Unchained,” was titled “DJesus Uncrossed” and depicted a  post-resurrection Jesus (played by host Christoph Waltz) slaughtering Roman  soldiers with a sword.
“He’s risen from the dead,” the narrator  announced. “And he’s preaching anything but forgiveness.”
The skit didn’t  go over well with two of America’s oldest and largest retailers—JCPenney and  Sears. Both stores decided to pull their advertising from “Saturday Night Live,” according to a press release issued Tuesday by the American Family Association  (AFA), an organization which focuses on the social implications of television  and media.
The decision came after AFA and its supporters notified both  major companies of the show’s recent portrayal of Jesus Christ “as a  revenge-seeking murderer is an affront to all people of faith, especially  Christians” and subsequently encouraged them to pull their advertising from the  show and the show’s website.
“NBC would never do this to any other  religious group, but it’s popular in Hollywood circles to go after ‘crazy’ Christians,” Tim Wildman, president of American Family Association, told  FOX411’s Pop Tarts column.
AFA claims that Sears were apparently the  first to pull the advertising plug, but as of last week JCPenney had not  responded, prompting Christians around the country to petition the mega-retailer  to follow in the footsteps of Sears.
And now it seems they have done just  that.
Sears sent a letter to AFA, thanking them for bringing the issue to  their attention. A Sears rep told FOX 411 that the company has “taken steps to  ensure that our commercials do not air online exactly as they did in this  situation."
JCPenney reps have not spoken about the controversy,  but the retailer opted not to advertise on the next ‘SNL’ show and promptly  removed their ad from the online version of the controversial episode.
The AFA is now urging supporters to call the headquarters for Sears and  JCPenney, or leave a comment on their Facebook pages, thanking them for taking a  stand.
“As long as corporations support this kind of offensive material,  their sales are going to suffer as shoppers abandon retailers that support  blasphemy. I hope folks can reinstate their patronage to these stores and that  Sears and JCPenney can stick with the good decisions they have now made,” Wildman added. “When you embrace television programming with no morals, you  can’t possibly embrace the public you are trying to sell to.”
JCPenney  and NBC did not immediately respond to a request for  comment.