PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - Earlier this week, in Southern Cambodia, a team of attractive, racially diverse and sexually open-minded archaeologists uncovered an artifact with a crude carving of Christ depicted as a vampire. An inscription beneath the drawing read 'De Sanguine Cristo', meaning in Latin 'On the Blood for Christ', a slight variation of the traditional Christian passage, 'De Sanguine Cristi', or 'On the Blood of Christ.' The Christian understanding of the passage is the cornerstone of their faith in which participants receive the body and blood of Christ in order to participate in a divine union with God. With this discovery, that belief is deeply threatened.
"We feel that our opinion is that this is pretty much decisive evidence against the Christian religion, although not decisive in the sense that we're trying to impose," said Nahash Rainbow-Haus, an adjunct professor at Harvard University and member of the archaeological team, who has also been blessed with soulful eyes and a roguish grin, "and we are very excited to forge a new trail for humanity - one that exists without the strictures of a man-made religion. I vote first for the removal of the strictures of clothes."
The artifact itself stands 18 inches tall, and depicts Christ flying through a dark night sky with long, canine-like fangs and a vial of blood wrapped around his neck. A crude speech bubble is drawn around his head with a Latin phrase that is roughly translated as "Vlah! I vant to suck your blood!"
The controversial vampiric depiction of Christ, however, is causing a stir in some religious circles over the proper worship of their Redeemer. "The House of the Dead shall be resurrected by the blood of the innocent," said Count Chocula, the figurehead of a little-known, but scrumptiously delicious chocolate cereal, "I [expletive deleted] hate that cereal, but I thought the subtlety of marshmallows in the shape of detached organs and severed heads would get the children on my side."
In the past 100 years, there have been a plethora of ancient texts uncovered with controversial interpretations of Christ, Mary Magdalene and his Apostles ranging from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Gospel of Judas, but none have proved to be as contentious as the rough carving, which carbon dating places at 36 C.E. The discovery uproots a fundamental element of western religion that has come under fire in recent decades from leading intellectuals of our time, such as Dan Brown, Rosie O'Donnell and throngs of manic-depressive teenagers who wear makeup and eat their feelings.
"Dude man, I've been saying for way too long now, so all you fascists better listen up," said Dylan "Vapid Soul" Tucker, a local teenager known for his whiney, pitiable poetry and his extensive Asian tattoo collection, "A lot of us have got things to say, and we've been saying them, or wanting to say them, and this just proves it, and now we're gonna start saying things, and you're all a bunch of damn fascists. Oh, and conformity is the death of individuality."
Several of Dylan's friends, who were physically linked to him with chains of body piercings, echoed his statement with a chorus of "yeahs" and "that's right." Dylan, however, wasn't available for further questioning because he choked on an excessively large feeling.
Despite the novelty of the discovery, the western world is suffering from extensive ramifications from various social organizations, especially the VZEA or, The Vampire and Zombie Enthusiasts of America. Raymond Lofton, referred to by his peers as Vampiric Destiny, was kind enough to take a break from his FPSMMORPG (First-Person Shooter Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) to speak with us on the condition that the only light allowed into the room come from a pale computer screen, so as not to upset what he called "totally glazed over eyes", and that Jerry, our news editor, continually press F6 to cast Bestial Howl for his level 79 Druid Warlock. "Man, I've always loved zombies," said Lofton, a self-proclaimed level 14 zombie enthusiast, "and it totally makes sense that they're like the henchmen of God. I mean, they're just so wicked awesome. Did you see 'Dawn of the Dead' where the no-legged zombie attacks the girl with the big rack in the parking garage? I mean that's Darwinian evolution and societal handicapped awareness bundled into one gruesomely awesome scene."
Pamela Cranson, a visiting archaeologist from Stanford University, who also has a Ph.D. in open-mindedness, expressed her opinion, "It seems that after thousands of years of lies, deceit, prevarication and redundancy in the highest rings of the Catholic Church, we have discovered that Christ's original intention was not for us to eat his body and drink his blood, because that's just crazy. Rather we are to gather for him the body and blood of others as a penitential sacrifice for our wrongdoings."
The recent development has many questioning the authority of Scripture and the Catholic Church, and although many believers have remained faithful to the Holy See, such concrete evidence as this is causing an unparalleled societal turmoil.
SexxyPrincessUnICOrnFairyStar73 told reporters on Instant Messenger that "religion is like so totally gay," and that her "mom only does it cuz shes jealous of how omg HOTT I am and cuz she doesn't want me to be with Timmy cuz dad NEVER kisses her like that!!!11"
Marketers, however, are already taking advantage of the new depiction of Christ, and are marketing him as a social revolutionary. Abercrombie & Fitch has begun mass production of T-Shirts with a print of Christ with fangs, ruffled hair and wild eyes on the front and "What Would Jesus Do?" printed on the back. A recent Marlboro ad shows Christ returning to his cellar in Transylvania after an exhausting night of ravaging the town. Leaning against his coffin, the rugged, dangerous-looking Christ stares despondently out the window and lights up a solitary, slender cigarette as the camera pans up to the moon. Reportedly, the vampiric Christ will even be appearing on next month's box of Wheaties.
"As marketers, it is our duty to turn controversial images and figures into diluted shells of their original self by mass-producing the image on T-shirts, coffee mugs and bumper stickers until it's rendered utterly sterile," said Rich Hampton, Chief Director of Marketing Affairs at TGC (Thank God for Capitalism), "Vampire Christ is simply the next Che Guevara."
When Fr. Wojciech Giertych, the official theologian of the Papal household, was questioned about the recent discoveries, he stated, "Are you stupid?," and mumbled either a voodoo incantation over my soul, damning me to an eternity of excruciating pain or something in Polish.
The widespread panic that has cataclysmically rung throughout every demographic has still received little response from the Catholic Church. Whether these discoveries will spell the dawning of a new age or simply another short-lived controversy remains to be seen, but for the first time in thousands of years, the integrity and legitimacy of the Catholic Church is wavering.