Fait Diver: Burn Jesus Burn

Well that’s how a gay communist athiest saw him.

“God-Fearing,” beer-swilling, football-crazed “Christians” saw this —

But then, suddenly JESUS H. CHRIST!

“MONROE, Ohio – A six-story statue of Jesus Christ was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, leaving only a blackened steel skeleton and pieces of foam that were scooped up by curious onlookers Tuesday.
The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.
The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m. Monday, Monroe police dispatchers said.
The sculpture, about 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained Tuesday.”

“The nickname is the same used for a famous mural of the resurrected Jesus that overlooks the Notre Dame football stadium.
The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said.
Estimated damage from the fire was set at $700,000 — $300,000 for the statue and $400,000 for the amphitheater, Fire Capt. Richard Mascarella said Tuesday.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was at the scene Tuesday to prevent traffic jams and potential accidents from motorists stopping along the highway to take photographs.
Some people were scooping up pieces of the statue’s foam from the nearby pond to take home with them, said church co-pastor Darlene Bishop.
“This meant a lot to a lot of people,” she said.”

Yeah, right.

“Keith Lewis, of nearby Middletown, arrived at the church around 7 a.m. Tuesday to photograph the remains for his wife. Lewis said he had viewed the statue as both an oddity and an inspiration.
Cassie Browning, a church member from Dayton, said she was driving home when she saw smoke and noticed the statue was missing.
Travelers on I-75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it. So many people stopped at the church campus that church officials had to build a walkway to accommodate them.
Bishop said the statue will be rebuilt.
“It will be back, but this time we are going to try for something fireproof,” she said.
The 4,000-member, nondenominational church was founded by Bishop and her husband, former horse trader Lawrence Bishop.
Lawrence Bishop said in 2004 he was trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. He said his wife proposed the Jesus figure as a beacon of hope and salvation.”

Yes siree! When it comes to hope and salvation, nothing beats a Plastic Jesus.

Right Paul ?

Hey, that’s a “Downer.” What we need is an “Up” tune.

Take it away kids!

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. lawguy June 15, 2010 8:56 pm 

    Damn, I had no idea that thing was even there. How sad, spent years in the area at undergrad and working at Antioch, and to miss this. It would have probably been better if one had had acid for the auto de fae, though.

  2. Timbo1952 June 17, 2010 4:51 pm 

    I sense the immediate need for an enormous love offering to rebuild only better with platinum and gold engraving at least for the Stigmata portion; with a tiny bit reserved for the Clergy Retreat in West Palm Beach which needs refurbishing for the benefit of the clergy. All taxpayers have to support these places which are funded with tax exempt donations and palaces of worship which pay no property taxes. In the South you cant throw a rock without hitting one of these churches; they are everywhere. If religion is a necessity Germany has it better than the US. You dont have to build one on every corner. We recognize and glorify the independence of all of these cults which engage in strenous theological debate over issues such as which foot to wash first.

  3. David E June 17, 2010 8:20 pm 

    Hey, how about getting the Mormons to help out? They’ve made millions turning vampires into idealized images of abstinence. Surely they can prop up a flesh-eating zombie like Jesus Christ.

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