Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Big trouble for big Jesus



June 15, 2010, Monroe, Ohio: A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

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.
--Yahoo News

Some things are just too poetic for commentary.

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41 comments:

Chrissy said...

Oh boy!.. Bet the fundamentalists will be rippin' this video apart! lol.

B.E. Earl said...

Somewhere out there, someone is blaming Obama for this right now.

Bill said...

That was just too easy. Funny but too easy.

Is there a christian version of a fatwa?

Lemmy Caution said...

...and they have sworn to rebuild the statue. Talk about not being able to take a hint.

Erin O'Brien said...

It's nice to see the Lord and I see eye to eye on some things.

Erin O'Brien said...

Must have really been something to see when that mother was burning.

VideoDude said...

If this had been a big statue of Buddah, then the fundies would be calling it an act of God. Note: The Hustler Store's sign (Which is, at least as tall) across the street was untouched, maybe god likes porn!

Maybe they shouldn't have made two large lightning rods covered with Styrofoam, Wood and coated in Resin placed in Ohio's lightning alley! (It's called SCIENCE!)

Using the money to help the community and those less fortunate, like the bible teaches, might be a better idea.

I live in Dayton, and most people I know, think this has been a eyesore for too long. At least, we will have a little time to enjoy our ride down I75, until they rebuild it!

Big Mark 243 said...

All you heretics will BURN for this..! I'd advise that you get the strongest sunscreen available.

But seriously, the irony in all this is too rich and is clogging my arteries.

VideoDude said...

This seemed strangely appropriate to me. From one of my favorite films: "Cool Hand Luke". Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG9tuuznL1Y

Bill said...

you guys all seem a bit too happy aobut this. haven't seen this much joy since jerry falwell died. what's up with that?

Erin O'Brien said...

V-dude and I truly understand the cloyingly righteous Southern Ohio Christians, and babies, there's nothing as sweet as watching their giant plastic effigy fall to cinders. After all, that statue was built with hypocrisy.

Like V-dude said, if ONLY that had been a 60-foot statue of Marilyn Chambers, they'd all be praising the Lord, speaking in tongues and weeping tears of heaven.

Erin O'Brien said...

Jerry Falwell's dead? EVEN MORE REASON TO CELEBRATE!

If only someone could chime in saying they just finished blowing Ted Haggart, this would be a perfect day ...

Moxie Girl said...

Love this!

Once Known as The Badger said...

Well. Burned to the ground, you say. One might want to make too much of this, but things burn to the ground all of the time. However, sometimes, something like this just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside ;-) As they say in the Big Lebowski, "don't fuck with the Jesus!"

Bill said...

You guys must REALLY get off on church burnings.

I loved Maryling Chambers. RIP

Erin O'Brien said...

Um, Bill? The church didn't burn down.

Bill said...

I was thinking of all the statues of christ inside the churces. I know it was a stretch but it is on church owned property and must be important to the parishioners. I agree it was sort of funny but I reserve "warm and fuzzy" for other things. Maybe like what's behind the green door.

Erin O'Brien said...

Let me explain, Bill.

When someone HAS TO SHOUT ABOUT THEIR PIETY AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS BY ERECTING A 60 FOOT JESUS STATUE, I tend to get a little suspicious.

As with anything else, when a person is emphatically arguing their case even though no one asked, I tend to wonder: who exactly are you trying to convince, me or yourself?

Bill said...

Excellent point Erin. But, these things, statues, stained glass window, big crosses, etc., make them feel good. I don't mind those things at all. I don't even mind it when a middle aged couple rings my doorbell and wants me to read the watch tower and learn about the jehova's witnesses. Or, when a couple of mormon kids, on their mission, come to my door to tell me about john smith. I'm not threatened or irritated. I'm not religious but they seem to really believe and work hard to convince others.

Erin O'Brien said...

The O'Brien is tired and needs an adult beverage.

Someone else explain to Bill how Big Butter Plastic Jesus towering over 1-75 is different from a stained glass window in a church.

Bill said...

lol. i've worn you out. enjoy that drink.

have to share the WV word: fesess. too funny.

Anonymous said...

"Fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom." Proverbs 1:7.

Fear of encountering a fiery 60 foot Jesus on the roadsie is the beginning of a serious mental illness.

RJ

Bill said...

Speaking of fear. Does anyone fear the ground zero mosque?

Lemmy Caution said...

Not really. I'm sure the ground zero strip clubs and porn shops will enjoy the extra buisness.

Anonymous said...

coke zero @ ground zero.

RJ

Contrary Guy said...

for those of you playing the Ohio roadside object deadpool at home, I'm calling the 'Where are you going to spend eternity / HELL is real' signs on Interstate 70 for the next smite by Mother Nature. just saying, place your own bets.

Contrary Guy said...

to Lemmy Caution: it IS worth noting that one of Larry Flynt's Hustler adult stuff shops is maybe a good 1000 yards down the highway in Monroe... bolts of fury missed that one.

Bill said...

which one added more to property values in the area; big jesus or the hustler place? I love the zoning requlations in Ohio. Reminds me of Forida.

Erin O'Brien said...

Contrary: Those "Hell is real" signs make me crazy!

They must be the work of the devil. Every time I go by, I practically kill myself getting into an accident as I crane my head to verify what I just saw and yell my head off at the idiots who erected it.

Lemmy Caution said...

which one added more to property values in the area; big jesus or the hustler place? /.

I know which one pays more in taxes.

philbilly said...

Lemmy Caution:
Zing! Good one.

I mind Jehova's Witnesses on my porch. After several times politely asking them not to wake my second shift ass up at 9am, they came back while I was gone on a windy day, stuck their hate literature in my screen door, and left it unlatched. Trashed it good, PITA to fix.

Next time they came , I answered the door and preached to them my religion,Solar Animism , how all life comes from the sun, and we are mostly animals, and our intellect and toolmaking skills and mobility are a construct of the plant kingdom which has created humanity to spread botany throughout the endless universe forever, galaxy after galaxy.

Dude's head was smokin.
For some reason they don't come around no mo'.

Bill said...

Philbilly: Pitty the little girl selling girl scout cookies!

Claire L Hallam said...

Erin, Thank you, thank you, thank you. Our TV networks in Europe, tend to miss these gems. Of course it really shows that God has more artistic taste than I'd realised.
Hell is real- too right! It was due to enter a twinning arrangement with Croydon, South London; but dropped out at the last minute, as it felt Croydon might damage its reputation as a retirement destination.
Still looking for the Mexican Coke by the way!

philbilly said...

Bill, ain't no better way to get diabesity than washing down a Do-si-do with a Mexicoke. And it's for a good cause, to boot.

Amy L. Hanna said...

whott sez:

@ Bill AND Erin - get a godgone room already, willya?

Trade piffle all you want, but I thought this was THE best piece of news all week given the otherwise eternal mortal bullhockey AND that no one even got hurt - unless you want to count Blessed Feelings.

Bill said...

Amy: thanks for the new word. piffle: foolish or futile talk or ideas. Are you sure you're not my wife? I guess piffle is in the eye of the beholder? One mans piffle is another mans bible verse? To quote Oral Roberts: "Thank you JESUS!"

CherylT said...

Hehe. I saw this article and laughed my head off. I think god is trying to tell touchdown Jesus people something. LOL

Jim do little said...

Erin, I don't know if anyone else has identified said statue as "Touch Down Jesus" But in the southern part of the state that's the moniker.

philbilly said...

Best country song title ever;
"Drop kick me, Jesus, through the goalpoasts of Life."

philbilly said...

Or goalposts, it's yer call.

WV= emingle. "I've logged onto the web to emingle."

Elisson said...

It must've been an Act of Dad.