This news comes just in time for the holiday season, of course. Classy, California State. Real classy.

Robby Soave of The Daily Caller has the story.

Professor assigns bizarre novella ‘The Baby Jesus Butt Plug’ to students

California State University comparative literature students will be asked to imagine a world where “the baby jesus is a very popular anal probe,” a reading assignment that some say is absurdly offensive.

“The Baby Jesus Butt Plug” was assigned by Jordan Smith, a comparative literature professor, at his students’ request.

“I assigned a reader of Bizarro Fiction, a new genre of surreal gross-out literature in the United States,” he said in a statement to TheBlaze. “Undergraduate education is about finding your voice and clarifying your values, and allowing the students to vote on whether they would rather tackle a difficulty, potentially-offensive text in a literature course is certainly one of the ways to facilitate that.”

The text itself is a 104-page science fiction horror story about, “a dark and absurd world where human beings are slaves to corporations, people are photocopied instead of born, and the baby jesus is a very popular anal probe,” according to Amazon.

A review described it as “trashy and dark.”

Smith originally tried to steer students away from the book, but eventually gave in when the class voted to read it.