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Schmaltz Artist Pulls American Jesus Prints From ‘Liberal’ BYU Shop

Don't the trees look like crucified thieves?Did you hear about liberal hate site “Groupon” sponsoring the racist Donald Trump’s racism? Groupon, you’re fired! What’s next? How about those liberals at the Mormon university? Yeah, how about them? A guy who makes prints of Jesus and the GOP Presidents and the Troops has pulled his precious artworks from the Mormon Church-owned Brigham Young University bookstore because … liberals? Yes. They were too liberal. So now you have to get this kind of art the same way everybody else does: by searching “Never Forget” on Google Images.

Newspaper, report on these doings!

The painting, “One Nation Under God” depicts Jesus Christ standing near the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court building with a copy of the U.S. Constitution. Flanking him are figures from American history — including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan — along with soldiers from various wars. In one corner, McNaughton depicts those he sees as having “pushed our country toward socialism” — a Supreme Court justice, a politician, a Hollywood producer, a professor, a “liberal news reporter.”

But you won’t find this art at the liberal Mormon BYU shop anymore, because for some reason this crap artist thinks BYU is a liberal stronghold or something, who even knows. [Salt Lake Tribune via Wonkette Operative "Dan G."]

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229 comments

  1. Lucidamente1

    That's almost as crazy as founding a religion on a set of golden plates some angel told you to find.

    1. OneDollarJuana

      That's almost as crazy as founding a religion on a set of golden plates you told everyone else some angel told you to find.

      /fixed

    2. Gopherit

      "That's almost as crazy as founding a religion on a set of golden plates some angel white salamander told you to find."

      1. SorosBot

        Well founding a religion isn't crazy; it's a good way to get money from the rubes, along with your pick of who you want to play with your genitals. It's following the obvious bullshit artist that's crazy.

    3. Bonzos_Bed_Time

      That's almost as crazy as founding a religion on a set of stone tablets some cloud told you to find.

    4. smitallica

      BLASPHEMY!
      THhis phony horseshit cult is based on golden plates an ARCHangel told a convicted fraud to find.
      HUGE diff.

        1. Negropolis

          And lo, were we sunk to the bottom of the sea to live the rest of eternity in the pineappled palace. And yea, did he rise in glory to wipe up all of the inequities on land for our salvation.

      1. LiveToServeYa

        Well, he's more liberal than the Flying Spaghetti Monster and his pirate fetish. All beings are equal in the eyes of 'Pants.

  2. jdoleman

    I like the weeping Liberal in the bottom right but who is the guy counting the money beside him? Such deep layers of complexity, like all great art, I could study it for literally seconds.

    1. baconzgood

      At least they have the token black guy there on the left holding his Holy Trinity autograph book.

    2. FidoMcCokefiend

      Great, this means we're getting a new picture featuring Joseph Smith, Smug Liberal Activist Judge/Journalists, Obama, Muslims, Robbie Bosco, and Michael Moore dropping a deuce on the constitution while Reagan, Beck, Palin, Jefferson, and "everyman" look on in horror.

  3. James Michael Curley

    Make that on black velvet with eyes that see you where ever you are in the room and you have a sale.

    1. DustBowlBlues

      Or do it in glow in the dark, like the Jesus I saw at the Knott's Berry Farm theme park when I was 12 and thought was really, really so awesome that I bought a little copy to take home with me.

      Now that's religion!!!

    2. HedonismBot

      Must contain a creepy little child with great big eyes, crying and holding a puppy. Or a little Jesus child, crying and holding Ronald Reagan.

      1. James Michael Curley

        Why is the child crying? Is the puppy dead? Why is the little Jesus crying? Is Ronald Reagan dead?

        1. HedonismBot

          You've never seen those paintings before? I've never understood why they are so popular, or who would buy them. Mark Ryden made a career playing off this style of art. This person's blog has one, scroll about 3/4 down the page, unless she updates soon, then scroll further.
          And why yes, Ronald Reagan is dead. http://allisonmason.wordpress.com/

  4. natoslug

    Apparently my dictionary is broken and I've been deluding myself for decades? Having spent time surrounded by Mormons, I have to ask, what the fuck is a liberal? 'Cuz my dictionary and I sure as hell would not have classified your average Mormon as a lib.

    1. poncho_pilot

      i remember, as a child, some weird mormon guy asking my mom, out of nowhere, if she douched. for no apparent reason. is that a liberal thing to do?

  5. pukebot

    franklin, lincoln, washington, reagan, christ. that's one kick ass pick up basketball team.

    1. poncho_pilot

      Lincoln is spindly looking but i bet he'd be good defending the net. Franklin might get worn out fast but he's crafty.

  6. ManchuCandidate

    I'm surprised the art doesn't have "fake" "love they neighbor" Araby Looking Jeebus getting gang raped by the Koch Brothers while white muscular war Jeebus wacks off Dick Cheney.

  7. SorosBot

    Ah yes, I remember snarking on that horrid painting; good times. Anyone able to dig up that old post, and the parody that webcomic guy did?

        1. not that Dewey

          Indeed; there's even some from Hobospacejunkie : (

          and Neilist, when he was funny. It doesn't seem so long ago.

      1. DustBowlBlues

        Who was the one who went through that thing and added the awesome explanations of the symbolism?

        1. SorosBot

          That was shortpacked, the webcomic guy I mentioned above. The original also had really serious, stupid explanations of the symbolism and explained who everybody was – but the painter didn't seem to realize how many of the founding fathers he included were non-Christian.

  8. edgydrifter

    God damned hippie Mormons. Stoner transvestite socialists, the whole lot of them! Go back to your drum circle, Brigham! American Jesus does not approve.

  9. LabRodent

    Downfisty respect the Jesus snark and he will grant you 3 wishes. (Its worth a try im quite sure you loves Jesus…dont you….i know you do.

  10. SheriffRoscoe

    If you read between the lines of the story you'll realize that the Dean of the art department had had enough of the snide remarks at his dinner parties.

    1. Rotundo_

      I imagine about the fifth time some smart ass presented him with a velvet Elvis or something ("I saw it at your gift shop and couldn't resist *snicker, chuckle snort*) it started going from embarrassing to infuriating. Even religious folk, amazing as it may seem, have their limits for the amount of crap they can absorb.

  11. prommie

    Who could ever have expected that the man who painted One Nation Under God would be such a right-wing fundie nutbag that he would think the mormons are too liberal?

  12. ph7

    Other than the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Constitution, and The Marriott Hotel Directory, books are inherently liberal.

    1. natoslug

      The Bible is still inherently liberal, hence the need for the new Conservative Edition, coming out any time now. Any time. Right . . . about . . . now? Ah, fuck it — rewritin's hard. And considering the "pool the wealth" policies of the LDS church, the Book of Mormon is probably too liberal as well. And all that socialist crap about "perfect unions," "common defence" and "general welfare" (where's Major Pain, dammit!?), that Constitution thing's looking a bit iffy. We should be safe and burn everything other than Ron Paul's grocery list.

    1. PubOption

      I moved my cursor across the painting, to get McNaughton's description of what he was painting. I suspect some of the text needs revising to meet Republican orthodoxy, especially with regards to the teacher. Also Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are included among the good guys.

  13. iburl

    "BYU is a liberal stronghold or something"

    Actually, they do read there. Books even, so yeah, Sochalizm.

  14. mavenmaven

    Explain to me again how a work in the style of Soviet Socialist Realism is celebrated by so-called conservatives?

    1. Doktor Zoom

      But…it's got Jesus in it! It is therefore good art, especially since He is not immersed in urine.

      You know, sorta like Abbie Hoffman's old bumper sticker that said "FUCK COMMUNISM."

  15. DrunkIrishman

    Look at that whore single mother asking Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for a handout. Jesus won't have any of that.

    1. Gopherit

      Jesus doesn't do anything for free. He's no commie. And besides, how would you appreciate a miracle without paying for it?

  16. loulouroo

    I won't even consider art without rollover explanations anymore. Personal interpretation smacks of the gaycommiemuslim agenda!

    1. DustBowlBlues

      This could be a major new cottage industry to save art for the great museums. Imagine seeing the National Gallery in London with thumbnails of the paintings alongside the real one, explaining the symbolism. Should I copyright the idea immediately?

  17. ColonelDoctor

    Why is Obi-Wan Kenobi one of the bad guys on the right? And what about the pregnant lady? What did she do?

    1. DustBowlBlues

      She's bummed out because she couldn't afford to buy any contraception and she lives in Oklahoma and she can't get an abortion and now she's stuck with this brat.

  18. Mort_Sinclair

    Say what you want, I LOVE that Jesus is wearing my mother's gold draperies from 1972. I wonder if all that fiberglass will make him itch?

  19. Pithaughn

    The utes were warned, if you cultivate the high tech biz, you will get invaded with people who live to question everything ( aka "scientists" ). I'll assume all readers here are already familiar with the political and religiosity trends in the science community. Hint: trending D and A.

  20. GhostBuggy

    One million upfists for the alt text. Now, if only D.C. would slide into the ocean, like the mystics and statistics say it will.

    1. Ducksworthy

      Lets see. If that rock slide they're predicting (more like half a mountain) happens in the Azores how far up the Washington Monument will the tsumani reach?

  21. pinkocommi

    Remember… The Constitution is the literal word of God. Now if only he had burned a Bush. Or two.

  22. nappyduggs

    Nuh-uhnnh. I log back on to this muthafuckin "Heraclian stone for those who wish to perfect the art of tossing-off some boob references and scat humor" and find all sorts of unappealing shit going down. What's with these haters and the vote-downs? Not that it matters, but Holy-Jesus-Christ -on-a-Motel-6 canvas, Batman. My beloved Wonket is just getting all kinds of hop-ons.

  23. weejee

    I've seen better artwork framed by the seat of an outhouse.

    ♪♫ I've looked at Repubes from both sides now
    From up and down, and still somehow
    Lies and illusions I recall
    I really don't like Repubes at all ♫♪

  24. timbo71351

    Would it be wrong to suggest building a reeducation camp for tasteless assholes who paint shit like that and for the tools who buy garbage like that?

  25. Redhead

    Well shit. If they'd kick out a basketball player for having (consensual) sex with his (of-age, female) girlfriend, then they probably kicked out this clown's art work for being the abomination that it is.

    1. SorosBot

      Well that's a sin against the Mormon god; you're supposed to marry your wives first, and do so when they're 13 or 14, then rape them.

    2. Chet Kincaid

      From what I've read, the basketball player's moral offense was being black, because white guys break the moral code by fucking their girlfriends there all the time. (I mean jeez, Jim McMahon, the Bears "punky QB" went there!!) Apparently there is more snitching going on at BYU than East Germany in the '70s, and the selective enforcement comes down on the browns. (Too lazy to look up the deadspin.com URL right now.)

      1. GOPCrusher

        From what I remember, the first person mentioned was Jim McMahon, in which BYU responded that football players are actually housed 10 miles off campus and therefore are not subject to the "Honor Code".

    1. KenLayIsAlive

      I think the kind of art that gave Jesse Helms a hard on were the Mapplethorpe male butt fisting pics he doubtless poured over during his "investigations".

  26. MinAgain

    It just goes to show that, if you breathe in enough paint fumes, even the Mormons look progressive.

  27. carlgt1

    >>Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan

    hahahaha, none of whom were regular churchgoers, and certainly nothing like the latter-day "born again" idiotic American form of Christianity (let alone Mormonism)!

    also, isn't it a bit racist to show Lincoln on bended knee belting out "Mammy" a la Al Jolson?

  28. BaldarTFlagass

    They sell this kind of shit at the university bookstore? Man, mine had a beer cooler and sold rolling papers, pipe screens, and condoms. Guess that's what I get for going to one of them damned state universities.

    1. Gopherit

      A friend of mine went to a wedding in SLC a few years back….and they went to the local porn depot (yes, they really had one) to get some "supplies" for the bachelor party. Upon entering, he noticed a glass case that had Bibles and the Book of Mormon next to baby jesus butt plugs and a self-catheterization kit. I guess what I am saying is Mormons are some weird fuckers.

  29. Buckminster

    They should have banned it, not for its political commentary, but because it's crappy art!

  30. BarackMyWorld

    We have nobody at BYU that sits back and says you’re not going to sell that fucking painting.

  31. SmutBoffin

    For the record, liberals don't think that the painting is "offensive", they think it's "dumb" and "trite" and "jokeworthy".

    1. GOPCrusher

      I live in Iowa. We just need to remind the rest of the world that not everyone from our states are completely fucked up. In fact, today for lunch, I rolled up next to a fucker that had a "We're taking our country back!" bumper sticker. He about shit gold bricks when I rolled my window down, flipped him off, and informed him that it wasn't his country to take back.
      I've just about reached the breaking point with these assholes.

      1. yyyaz

        Seriously. It's amazing how startled the average wingtard is when "someone" actually disagrees with his/her point of view. They just can't seem to grasp that just because they live in a Fauxbeckian bubble, there are those of us around who just cannot manage to get our heads that far up our asses.

      2. Negropolis

        You've got Steve King, the birthplace of Michele Bachmann, and a crazy-ass Republican Primary. Don't worry, your time is coming around, again.

  32. KenLayIsAlive

    "If you’re looking for a print of Jon McNaughton’s paintings…."

    Oh shit. Now where is the ghost of Josef Goebbels supposed to get his hands on these beautiful works?

  33. DashboardBuddha

    Would it be funny if the complaints at BYU were because it didn't show JC carrying the gold plates?

    1. zhubajie

      I believe von Daeniken revealed a few years ago that the Golden Plates were really a joke by some space aliens!

  34. jus_wonderin

    Not sure if anyone caught this. Lincoln is on his knees. McNaughton is alluding to Honest Abe being gay.

  35. MissTaken

    Gosh I love the Wonkette Oldies But Goodies threads….memories of Cocktobers, GILFs, and gin-soaked assfucking makes my lady bits tingle!

  36. Walkinwiddaking

    Back then there were a sizable amount of people who would believe this crap. Now, there are people who are sizable and still believe this crap.

  37. smitallica

    It's a painting of Jesus holding the Constitution. And I'm sure he's pointing out to all the assembled people that his name appears nowhere in it.

  38. GOPCrusher

    He fed a multitude with a couple of fish and a loaf of bread AND DIDN'T CHARGE A SINGLE SHECKLE!

    1. natoslug

      Sigh . . . unfortunately I don't hang out in the right places. There seems to be a dearth of bi-poly women in this area, otherwise I'd give it a shot. Although the rational part of me keeps screaming that keeping two people focused on a common goal is hard enough . . . three pretty much guarantees me an early grave.

  39. exmartinette

    McNaughton's right. Only a liberal would be so broadminded as to allow a crap painting like that to be on view. On the other hand, Lincoln doing Mammy is almost worth it…

  40. Pres[ $ rm -r * ]

    "…Naughton depicts those he sees as having “pushed our country toward socialism” — a Supreme Court justice, a politician, a Hollywood producer, a professor, a “liberal news reporter.”

    YOU FORGOT THE JOOZ, NAUGHTON. Shame on you!

    1. tessiee

      I think that's who the guy counting money in the lower right hand corner is supposed to be, although his nose looks normal to me.

    2. Negropolis

      Besides the lawyer, he has them covered many times over with the inclusion of the Hollywood producer and probably the professor.

  41. Warpde

    You know most artists cut off a body part or just outright die to sell their work.
    But pulling your putz, sorry, prints because of those dam'd lib's is a new one.

  42. donner_froh

    "The primary focus of the bookstore is to sell religious art," said Carri P. Jenkins. "This painting has received some negative feedback in the past."

    What else would you expect a bookstore, wherever it is located, to sell?

  43. jaytingle

    The image search results referenced above are the greatest I've ever seen, and I look at porn.

  44. ttommyunger

    I classify his management style as small "c" communism with his disciples and the early church, and I can back it up from His own record.

  45. ttommyunger

    Not looking at the "artwork", not googling anything, don't have to. Have a nephew got his degree there and he's still fucked in the head. Single all his life, in his 60's and says he's looking for a Russian wife on the web. Fucking pathetic!

    1. zhubajie

      A couple decades in the born-again ghetto screwed me up, too. Now I'm living in an alternative universe and hoping I'll meet Mrs Right.

    2. DashboardBuddha

      Tell him he can find great deals on Russian Amputee Brides (yes, there is such a thing). Just think of it as Cupid's Scratch 'n Dent Sale.

        1. DashboardBuddha

          Sorry for the horror, Tom. You will notice, however, that I didn't provide any links. Friends don't link friends to Russian websites.

          1. ttommyunger

            In the age of google, there is little need for links, but I appreciate the thought, Dash. I am not going there, but the fact that there is enough demand to support a website gives me the sadz.

          2. DashboardBuddha

            Me too, actually. My Cupid's comment was probably tasteless, but that's my nature. I usually respond with dark humor when faced with the unspeakable.

            I would have been a riot at Bush II's inauguration or in Mordor.

          3. ttommyunger

            I share your proclivity. I believe it comes from being confronted with total despair. What other recourse other than surrender? Colbert is the master. He delivers a dark stab directly to the heart, yet remains not only non-threatening but likable. What a talent/gift.

  46. Guppy06

    And look where that got him.

    Jesus taught us all that it's better to be a Roman than nailed to a tree.

  47. zhubajie

    Perhaps some Baptist informed him that Mormons are not your standard Brand-X prots, but actually far weirder than the Muslims!

  48. ShaveTheWhales

    I'm late here, but holy fuck (with all due respect to Joe and Brig's Amalgamated Pussies).

    Fuckwad says BYU is too "liberal"?

    Next week, I expect to see him bitching at protons for being too negative.

    Why are these people alive?

  49. DustBowlBlues

    What's the sequel? Bloody Jesus on the cross but still waving the red, white and blue? There's a song along those lines, so I can't claim I made it completely from whole (black velvet) cloth.

    The song is about Jesus coming to a guy in his dreams and Jesus was waving the flag. The old man and our daughter were sitting in front of the television. Both of them were staring at it with their mouths hanging open. I turned to see WTF and a gospel show from (where else) Branson was on RFDTV and a guy was singing this piece of shit ersatz song.

    And that, children, is the inherent danger in obsessive channel surfing. Don't say I didn't warn you.

  50. tessiee

    Until I saw the picture that goes along with this article, I'd actually succeeded in forgetting how gross W is.

    1. Negropolis

      Especially and particularly so, even. Hell, the dude healed a paralyzed man who had to be lowered through a house roof because the crowds were so big around Jesus H. Christ.

    1. HistoriCat

      Jesus is a showoff – I bet he likes to wait until the last second then toss the ball over his shoulder for a spectacular basket.

  51. DashboardBuddha

    Someone should paint a picture showing how Reagen, Falwell, the WBC, et al have been driving us toward a a Theocratic Plutocracy.

    I'll take Socialism, thank you very much.

  52. Jerri

    Yes! I love With You Always Jesus, particularly the bank teller and insurance agent drawings.

    Edit: On second thought, particularly all of them! They are all divine.

  53. _DA

    Heeere, fisty fisty fisty…here…fisty fisty. Who's a good boy, hmmm? I've got a nice juicy dick for you to suck on!

  54. HistoriCat

    "Come on Congessman Doctor Paul – let me take care of this one for you. I have healed the lame and the blind and the lepers you know."

  55. Negropolis

    BYU is so liberal, what with no pre-marital sex and the discouragement of caffeinated beverages and the encouragement of the wearing of magical underwear. Surely this "book store" is the earthly den of Satan, and the sullied Garden of Eden.

  56. _DA

    So. Let me see if I have this right. Conservative/wingnut businessman can't keep his fucking mouth shut in the interests of his business when it comes to politics. Wingnut businessman loses business.

    That about right?

  57. ghblowhard

    How did our only Catholic President get on the One Nation Under God painting? I'm pretty sure JFK was a Democrat! And a Papist!

  58. dahboner

    Yeah I heard the Mormons never really hated Blacks.

    It was the style at the time.

    Hey! Did I ever tell you about the time I took a ferry to Shelbyville?

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