Social Justice Warriors had Jesus Strikes Back: Judgment Day‘s website shut down on December 19th, 2018 after their outrage managed to reach the hosting provider, Wix. This follows shortly on the heels of the third-person shooting game receiving some moderate media attention when it was revealed that the story centered around Jesus Christ making a return to Earth in order to team up with parodies of Hitler, Putin, Trump, and Xi Jinping to finally rid the planet of Social Justice Warriors, feminists, the Rainbow Reich, and the radical non-binary gender-fluid pansexual humanoid berserker.
According to one of the developers working on the game, their website was shutdown by provider Wix without notice. It’s explained in the e-mail that it’s difficult for them to reach the people who subscribed to the e-mail list due to the website being shut down, saying…
“[…] it is worth noting that they blocked our account and forbid us access to our subscriber list and have refused to allow us to transfer our domain which we purchased. Because we do not have access to our subscriber list it is practically impossible for us to put the word out ourselves detailing what has happened, […]”
If you attempt to visit JesusStrikesBack.com, you’ll be met with a notification page from Wix.com saying that the domain isn’t connected to a website. All of the information, news, screenshots, and character profiles for Jesus Strikes Back are gone, for now.
The developers shared the e-mail from Wix, an Israeli web hosting service, that outlined why they had the domain for Jesus Strikes Back shut down. You can read it below…
“Unfortunately we will not be able to host your site on our platform.”
Given that they shut down the site without notice, it seems difficult to believe that even if there was prior consent from any of the individuals that Jesus Strikes Back parodied, Wix didn’t seem to spend any time trying to find out much about the project and moved in quick to have it shut down. This follows on various news articles popping up for Jesus Strikes Back, including a piece that appeared over on LGBTQ Nation and the Friendly Atheist.
In the case of the the Friendly Atheist, it painted the game as tying into reality, saying that the satirical depictions and themes were “all too real”, writing…
“Even if this is just designed to elicit negative reactions from liberals, there are better ways to do it than mocking something that’s all too real: Treating marginalized people as enemies who must be destroyed. If the creators are trolls, they’re not even good at it. And if they’re serious, it’s just sad than anyone would be looking forward to a game like this — especially when actual headlines depict a reality that’s just as bad.”
There’s a divide in how some people view the game: some think it’s just one big troll, others are legitimately looking forward to its release, and others expressed the same sort of concern that Friendly Atheist portrayed, claiming that the game would encourage the “Alt-Right”. It’s not uncommon for these kind of groups to target anti-SJW news outlets, pundits, YouTubers, and artists, and there have been plenty of times where such individuals were deplatformed, censored or banned for spurious reasons.
As noted by the developers of Jesus Strikes Back, their game is designed to be satirical and comedic in nature. They mentioned via e-mail that Wix forfeited giving any legitimate responses on what the actual issue was that led to the site being taken down…
“Since our site and game is a perfectly legal satirical parody we asked what it was exactly that breached these “rules”. Their reply was simply “As stated, we will not be able to host your site on our platform”. No reason was given.”
For now you can continue to follow the game’s development via the Jesus Strikes Back Twitter account, where they’ll have to provide updates on the progress of the game until they get a new website up and running.