Atheist Groups Will Hold Protest in Defense of Teen Facing Two Years in Jail for “Desecration” of Jesus Statue

Readers of this site are aware of a recent controversy involving a 14-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who thought it would be hilarious to take pictures with a local Jesus statue as if he were getting a mock-blowjob from the Lord:

He’s currently facing two years in prison for this supposed desecration — which is absurd, especially when you consider that his punishment would likely be less than that if he flat-out vandalized the statue.

This weekend, three groups — American Atheists, Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, and Truth Wins Out — will protest the desecration charge against this kid:

“In America, separation of religion and government is one of the foundations of the law,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “While this teen’s action may have been distasteful to some, prosecuting this case at taxpayer expense is a clear abuse of the district attorney’s legal authority, and is a clear symptom of his personal bigotry against atheists, an alarming attitude for any prosecutor, and especially one in a state where 30% of the population is not religious. Blasphemy is not a crime and freedom of expression is a human right.

The protest takes place at noon tomorrow near the steps of the courthouse where the teenager will be tried next week. There’s more information here.

If any of you attend, I would love to get your pictures and stories.

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