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Brazil Reverses Ban on 'Gay Jesus' Netflix Film

Judge says freedom of speech is essential

(Newser) - The president of Brazil's top court has reversed a ban on a Netflix film that infuriated millions of Christians. Supreme Court president Dias Toffoli ruled Thursday that Netflix should be allowed to continue streaming The First Temptation of Christ, a satire which depicts Jesus Christ as a gay man,... More »

Steve King Can Now Relate: I Get What Jesus Went Through

Iowa congressman compared House censure for racist remarks to what Christ endured

(Newser) - If there's anyone who can relate to what Jesus went through, it's ... Steve King? Definitely, according to Steve King. Per Politico and CNN , the GOP Iowa congressman— recently censured by his colleagues in the House and stripped of committee assignments for racist remarks—attended a town hall Tuesday... More »

LDS Church Supporters Cry 'Blasphemy' Over Deadpool Poster

Promo looks strikingly like painting of Jesus commissioned by the church

(Newser) - Once Upon a Deadpool opened nationwide Wednesday, and while it's earning tepid reviews , its promo poster is drawing more heated reaction. Who's hot about it: supporters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which boasts a painting that looks to be the inspiration for the Deadpool... More »

Shirtless Putin Takes Icy Dip in Russian Lake

Russian president immerses himself in ice water to celebrate Christian holiday of Epiphany

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is baring his chest in public again . The Russian president took a dip in icy lake waters to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the baptism of Jesus. Russian television stations showed the 65-year-old Putin approaching a hole cut in the ice on Lake Seliger... More »

Parents Say They Spotted Jesus in Daughter's Sonogram

Pa. couple marvel at ultrasound photo that shows image that looks like son of God

(Newser) - We've seen Jesus on an apple , Jesus on a power utility pole , and now, out of Pennsylvania ... Jesus in a sonogram. WPMT reports that a couple there whose older two children were born with birth defects found comfort in the ultrasound for their third, which showed not only the... More »

Baby Jesus' New Head Is a Bit 'Shocking'

But fear not, it's only temporary

(Newser) - Whenever the head of the baby Jesus statue in an Ontario churchyard previously got vandalized and knocked off, it was always found nearby and reattached. But when it happened last October, the head was nowhere to be found—and with a replacement statue of the baby being held by Mary... More »

Man Spots Jesus, Lamb—on Apple

'Maybe it's a sign,' says David Duran

(Newser) - First Jesus was spotted on Google Earth . Now he's apparently taken to fruit. Albuquerque's David Duran was making apple butter in his mother's kitchen when he came to "the last couple of apples in the batch." He was just about to peel one when he... More »

It's Normal to See Jesus in Your Toast

The brain is hardwired to do it, study finds

(Newser) - Do you see Jesus in your morning toast or the Virgin Mary on a potato chip? Turns out that's perfectly normal, according to a new study by Canadian and Chinese researchers. “Our findings suggest that it's common for people to see non-existent features because human brains are... More »

In the Holy Land, Attempts to Revive Jesus' Language

Schools in two villages teaching Aramaic

(Newser) - In two Holy Land villages—and, randomly, Sweden—efforts are being made to revive Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke that has been almost dead for centuries. The Palestinian village of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, and the Arab-Israeli village of Jish, in the Galilean hills where Jesus taught, were both inspired... More »

Rival Monks in Broom Brawl at Christ's Birthplace

Annual cleaning ignites tensions

(Newser) - Not a very nice birthday present for Jesus: Dozens of rival monks brawled at his birthplace today, as the feuding clergy members were performing an annual cleaning of the holy spot. The Church of the Nativity, built over the site where Jesus is believed to have been born in Bethlehem,... More »

Hate Halloween? Celebrate 'Jesus Ween'

And no, it's not a holiday about 'Jesus's ween'

(Newser) - Seth Abramovitch was delighted when he ran across , a site encouraging folks to participate in "Jesus Ween," a Christian alternative to Halloween, on Oct. 31. "Jesus Ween is not, in fact, a celebration of Jesus's ween," Abramovitch notes on Gawker ; even so, the... More »

Jesus Page Attracts 'Divine' Facebook Traffic

'Jesus Daily' tops Justin Bieber for weekly comments and 'Likes'

(Newser) - Move over, Justin Bieber. Jesus Christ is here. The New York Times reports that a Facebook page called Jesus Daily is generating more "Likes" and comments than Bieber's page simply by posting the words of Jesus four or five times a day. Last week it racked up 3.... More »

We've Got Last Supper Date All Wrong: Prof

His explanation could provide a fixed date for Easter

(Newser) - Fascinating new information to keep in mind in the week leading up to Easter: Christians have been marking Jesus's Last Supper on the wrong day, according to a Cambridge professor. Rather than being held on Maundy Thursday, the day before Friday's crucifixion, the Last Supper actually occurred on... More »

I'm an Atheist ... and I'm Still a Better Christian Than You

Ricky Gervais: So few Christians follow Jesus's teachings

(Newser) - Ricky Gervais may be an atheist, but he still believes he's a "good Christian." No, he doesn't believe "Jesus was half man, half God," but he still manages to best many actual Christians when it comes to behavior, he explains in the Wall Street ... More »

Benedict Exonerates Jews for Jesus' Death

Says Jews, as a whole, were not responsible

(Newser) - Pope Benedict would like to be clear: the Jewish people as a whole were not responsible for the death of God's only son. The pope makes the sweeping exoneration in his new book, Jesus of Nazareth, excerpts of which were released today. In it, Benedict presents a biblical and theological... More »

Jesus' Baptism Site Ringed With Mines

Advocacy groups worried about expected onslaught of pilgrims

(Newser) - Christianity's third most holy site, the place where John is said to have baptized Jesus, is set to be opened to the public in the near future—but at the present moment, it's surrounded by thousands of land mines. Israel says the site, which is expected to attract millions of... More »

Smithsonian Could Lose Funding Over Jesus Video

Warhol Foundation wants video restored

(Newser) - The Smithsonian Institution could lose some of its funding over the uproar that ensued after the National Portrait Gallery removed a controversial video. The video by David Wojnarowicz, featuring ants crawling on a crucifix, was pulled after complaints by the Catholic League and some House Republicans. The Andy Warhol Foundation,... More »

Gallery Pulls Jesus Video After Cantor, Boehner Object

Smithsonian-run museum pressured over 'sacrilegious' image

(Newser) - Bowing to pressure from top Republicans John Boehner and Eric Cantor, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery has removed artwork containing a 4-minute video showing ants crawling on a crucifix, CNS News reports. Cantor had demanded the artwork be "pulled," calling it "an outrageous use of taxpayer money... More »

Jesus Is Taller Than Ever (Maybe)

Poland town says new statue is world's biggest

(Newser) - The Polish town of Sweibodzin has completed what its mayor calls the world's biggest statue of Jesus. The colossal white figure is 108 feet high—that's one meter for each of the 33 years he lived, says the priest who conceived the project. That's also smaller than the 125-foot Jesus... More »

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