University Newspaper Sexualizes Jesus Just Before Easter

On the eve of Easter, the Montana State University student newspaper sexualized Jesus with a mock picture of Him in a lewd pose while making explicit references to sexual acts.

For its April Fool’s Day edition, the MSU Exponent published a piece, titled “The Highest form of Consent,” where sex acts with Jesus Christ were described in irreverent detail.

“After all, what could be sexier than spending a long day at work or in class, coming home, and getting on your knees opening your mouth for the Lord,” the piece reads. “Who do you think will protect you when you have sinful premarital relations? Because it sure as Hell not gonna be that condom you’ve been carrying in your wallet for four years on the off chance that you get lucky. It’s gonna be that beautiful, sin-absolving love muscle.”

A picture included with the article showed a sexualized Jesus in a crown of thorns, revealing his backside. The image caption reads: “Jesus turns the other Jeek (Jesus Cheek).”

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Campus Reform reached out to the student paper for comment. In response, the paper said that the piece’s online presence was removed from publication as it did not meet “editorial standards” for satire.

“The editorial team decided, after publication, that the article in question was not in keeping with our content standards for satire,” said the Exponent. “Additionally, after considering the timing of publication with Holy Week, we decided that removing the article from our online presence was the responsible decision.”

The MSU Exponent has been in print since 1895, sparing a few years during WWII,” the statement continued. “We have an extensive archive available for your perusal. You may access the archive via Montana State’s campus library. I honestly do not know if any religious figures/icons/deities/etc. have been satirized before in the Exponent.”

It speaks volumes that a college paper published an article sexualizing Christ without serious blow-back from the editorial staff. Had it been a satire of Muhammad, the writers of the piece would have been fired or perhaps even expelled from campus.

When it’s Muhammad, it’s a hate crime. When’s it’s Jesus Christ, it’s just a mea culpa.

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