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Hipster Jesus, with beer and cigarette, appears in Indian textbook

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 23, 2010 | 12:07 am

This image of Jesus holding a beer can and cigarette appeared in a textbook in India. Are you offended? Enough people in the Indian state of Meghalaya were that the government confiscated the books and is now considering legal action against the publisher:

The controversial picture of Jesus was discovered in cursive writing exercise books being used at a private school in the state capital, Shillong.

The [education] minister said that although private schools were not obliged to use textbooks prescribed by the Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education, his government has taken speedy action by seizing all the copies of the textbook from schools and bookshops.

“We are deeply hurt by the insensitivity of the publisher. How can one show such total disrespect for a religion?” asked Dominic Jala, the Archbishop of Shillong.

“Just think how this would impact on students at such a tender age.”

Read the rest from the BBC here.

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