You wouldn't have thought that this would happen in Portugal with its Fatima shrine and large Roman Catholic population. But here it is, the Portuguese Playboy has Jesus making a star appearance. You may think it's all blasphemous smut but Playboy has a more noble intention. It is a tribute to mark the death of Nobel laureate Jose Saramago whose novel, The Gospel According to Jesus portrays Jesus as a flawed human being.
But I think Playboy has gone a step too far. It's offensive to Christians. A novel may talk about Jesus as a mere man but to print a pornographic magazine with images of Jesus is quite unacceptable. Just look at the rest of the photos (links below) and I'm sure you will agree with me that the publishers have really offended all of us who hold our Lord dear.
Below are links to a few more photos from the magazine but please note that the contents are inappropriate for those below 18. Please do not click on the link unless you are above 18.
Sorry, I have deactivated the links for the sake of propriety and good taste. I'm happy to say that Playboy Inc has also distanced itself from its Portuguese counterpart and has terminated all links with them. This is the statement issued by Playboy Inc:
We did not see or approve the cover and pictorial in the July issue of Playboy Portugal. It is a shocking breach of our standards, and we would not have allowed it to be published if we had seen it in advance. As a result of this and other issues with the Portuguese publisher, we are in the process of terminating our agreement.