In Malaysia, a local newspaper has stirred furor over by publishing Jesus Christ smoking — the newspaper claimed its graphic artist was not aware that the Jesus image downloaded from the internet was holding a cigarette!

The Tamil-language newspaper Makkal Osai, in a frontpage apology, said the publication of the smoking Jesus Christ was a mistake. S.M. Periasamy, general manager, says:

“The graphic artist, whom we have already suspended, didn’t see the cigarette… It was a mistake.”

The cigarette was placed between Jesus Christ’s index and middle finger using graphic editing software.


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