Those remarks came during a segment about two cartoons run in the August 23 and 24 editions of the Cavalier Daily. Drawn by third year Grant Woolard as part of his comic strip Quirksmith, one depicts Jesus Christ crucified on a Cartesian x/y axis, the other shows a nativity scene in which Mary responds to Joseph’s concerns over a “bumpy rash” by saying “I swear, it was immaculately transmitted!”
“People should write letters to John Casteen until this publication is thrown off campus,” said O’Reilly. At one point O’Reilly began to read from Casteen’s letter to him. When he got to the first mention of Thomas Jefferson, O’Reilly stopped and said, “Thomas Jefferson would throw this publication off campus so fast.”
The Cavalier Daily is, of course, an independent student publication. There’s nothing that John Casteen can do no matter what they write. The paper’s ombudsman, Lisa Fleisher, addressed the topic a couple of days ago, concluding that there’s no need to apologize, but that the comics probably shouldn’t have been published because they’re just not particularly funny.