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In Pennsylvania, a sexual joke involving a Jesus statue has one fourteen-year-old in a lot of legal trouble.
The unnamed Everett, Pennsylvania teen was in front of a Christian service organization called "Love in the Name of Christ" when he saw a kneeling Jesus statue. He took advantage of the deity's compromised position by simulating oral sex with the statute, taking pictures of the lewd joke and posting it on Facebook, where the authorities found them.
Now, he faces criminal charges.
As Mother Jones points out, a 1972 Pennsylvania law criminalizes the desecration of a sacred object or "defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action."
The boy is now being charged with the crime, and if convicted, he'll face two years of juvenile detention. Since he's a minor, most of the details about the case have been sealed, but there is one organization coming to his defense. Truth Wins Out, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights, has previously argued that the law is unconstitutional. The law technically violates this establishment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
Humping a Jesus statue is pretty immature, but does it warrant two years in juvenile detention? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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