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Old 06-14-2010, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Touchdown Jebus is gone

If you've driven down (or up) Interstate 75 through Monroe, you've seen Touchdown Jesus. Or, as Bob & Tom referred to him, Big Butter Jesus. The statue (I guess that's what you'd call it?) was struck by lightning earlier tonight, and almost completely burned down (pictures show what looks like the frame left standing...it looks creepy. Well, creepier than the statue.)

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MONROE, Ohio -- Monroe police dispatchers told News 5 a bolt of lightning struck the Kings of Kings statue at the Solid Rock Church, catching it on fire.

Dozens of viewers called and e-mailed to report that they also saw the statue ablaze on Monday night.

News 5 photographers were not allowed on to the church property. However, several fire companies were called to the scene.

A photo submitted by a News 5 viewer via the Facebook website appeared to show what remained of the statue. The photo evidence suggested the statue was razed to the ground.

The 62-foot-tall statue has been a local landmark along Interstate 75 since 2004. When it was erected, church officials said the styrofoam and fiberglass Jesus was the largest one in America. The torso-up sculpture has a 42-foot span between upraised hands, and a 40-foot cross at the base.

The well-known statue is often called "touchdown Jesus" or "butter Jesus" and is a popular destination for people who wish to take their picture with the statue.

No more yelling "touchdown!" when I drive past Monroe...
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Old 06-14-2010, 09:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hah! An act of god.

*rimshot*

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Huh. Well, I shall miss Touchdown Jesus. I drove by him once a few years ago.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what 9 said, divine intervention, or divine opinion.

I am pulling my crappy lawnmower inside, he might strike that down too.
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeesh.. the Jeebster just can't catch a break can he? First the crucifixion, and now this. Someone should report his father to the authorities for all this abuse.

Even with all this shit goin on the fucker always has a smile on his face when we're hangin' out.
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Must be someone was stealing from the collection plate.

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Old 06-15-2010, 06:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Shit is straight outta Mel Brooks' "History of the World" or something.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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WOW.... I was just about to go see this for the first time too during my trip to the east coast.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:34 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, go check out dem bones.

...

I wonder if they're going to rebuild a brother.

That'd be righteous. He comes back from the dead 'n stuff.

Who'd believe that?
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:39 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Maybe they will just roll a rock in front of it and check back in a few days to see if it is fixed.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:44 AM   #11 (permalink)
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HAH! Now THAT was a touchdown.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:59 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The only time I've seen a Jesus that big was on the waterfront in Havana, Cuba—the Christ of Havana, which stands 66 ft. tall.

It's made out of Italian marble though. Maybe if the "Solid Rock" Church is looking for a replacement, they could use something a little more solid than Styrofoam and fiberglass.

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Old 06-15-2010, 07:01 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I wonder what kind of spin the fundies will put on this. God isn't pleased with their idol? They're being tested? Satan did it?
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:26 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:30 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I wonder what kind of spin the fundies will put on this. God isn't pleased with their idol? They're being tested? Satan did it?
The statue was destroyed as a reminder that Jesus died for the sins of all the homosexuals and babykillers.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:06 AM   #16 (permalink)
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The biggest one I've ever seen was in Lisbon Portugal. It's just like the one in Rio.

I must say, this statue was artistically impressive. Sort of a silly pose, but the detail looks really good. Clearly a lot of work went into it.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:10 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I was hoping you'd make a thread about this, Cinnamongirl! I haven't driven by it, so I'm not feeling any loss. Good thing the fire didn't spread to the rest of the church.
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:32 AM   #18 (permalink)
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?Touchdown Jesus? statue to be rebuilt - Dayton Business Journal

They will rebuild him.

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Old 06-15-2010, 11:09 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Nice, Cynth. That totally made me imagine you standing atop a church wearing a lab coat and big yellow goggles.
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:21 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Maybe they will just roll a rock in front of it and check back in a few days to see if it is fixed.
I've stolen this and used it to great effect today. Thanks. You've once again made me appear much funnier than I actually am.
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:36 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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That Jesus skeleton looks familiar.

Megatron?
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:38 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Again, I'm not one to pile on with one-liners and sarcasm,
(do not know the meaning, nor context, of the word)
though I have finally been alerted to this really non-news
(as I've never been to the 'Natty). Thankfully, no one was
in the immediate vicinity when the stray bolt struck.

- - -
Here's the short (if not also entirely late) story:


Solid Rock Church’s landmark 62-foot “Touchdown Jesus” statue (officially known as “King of Kings”)
was struck by lightning around 11PM last night and promptly burned to the ground.


I'm not sure where Cg received her quoted news source from, but this is from Cincinnati.com, courtesy of the Cincy Enquirer.
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:41 AM   #23 (permalink)
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He will rise again in 3 days! Here in the area its getting all kinds of news coverage, they are going to have to start ticketing motorists who are stopping on I75 to take pictures and gawk.
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:14 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Again, I'm not one to pile on with one-liners and sarcasm,
(do not know the meaning, nor context, of the word)
though I have finally been alerted to this really non-news
(as I've never been to the 'Natty). Thankfully, no one was
in the immediate vicinity when the stray bolt struck.
Serously jetee? You are going to be THAT guy? You can't relax and have fun for just a second?

I bet you are the guy that shows up at the party with a jello mold and talks about the wart on his food he had removed last week.

"It was really interesting guys, the doctor said he had never removed a wart that deformed before. Don't worry tho, I took pictures for everyone to see. Guys?... Guys?..."
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:23 PM   #25 (permalink)
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No, no, he's the guy that shows up with "Did I ever show you this thing on my gums" then proceeds to open wide and pull his cheek out to show you the bleeding absess.

No offense, Jetee. You'd just be a lot more fun if you'd randomly remove that stick every once in a while.
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:32 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I bet you are the guy that shows up at the party with a jello mold and talks about the wart on his food he had removed last week.
Who brings a week-old, warty, jello mold to a party these days?
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:34 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:40 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I actually have to respond this? What fun? and what stick? I'm not discouraging your witty banter in any manner (overtly or subvertly, save for what you might have inferred from my previous opening statement). I just simply stated (though, this might be debatable, as this post's investment is a testament to..) I'm not one to do so, and I kept true to that.

I gave my take, but seeing as I don't live or participate near this Church, it's just news, not tragic (in terms of lives, livelihood), not groundbreaking, and not something I should feel compelled to make into a joke just to voice an opinion towards.

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I wonder what kind of spin the fundies will put on this. God isn't pleased with their idol? They're being tested? Satan did it?
Not that any real subsect in America is actually this fundamental, but a few root-orthodox Christians might, in reality, be all the more pleased that this monument is no longer fully-intact. The "no idols" clause set forth in the Old Testament goes even for patron saints, Jesus and the Virgin Mary, and doubly as well as for the name of God. Real down-to-basics teachings. Whether or not there's actually a Church or diocese in or around Ohio that practices this, well - your guess is as good as mine.
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:49 PM   #29 (permalink)
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A flammable eyesore with a metal frame, no grounding, high above everything around it.

What did they expect to happen?
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:51 PM   #30 (permalink)
 
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Jetty, if you find the joking about Jesus offensive, just say so, if that's how you feel.
I know this forum hasn't been the kindest to people of faith.

I know you have mentioned in the past that sarcasm isn't your cup of tea;
but I think where you might have gotten in trouble, is when you declared:

"(do not know the meaning, nor context, of the word)"

Oh, and yes, there are extreme fundies, in this USA.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:06 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I don't find much (things?; this is starting to sound like a sentence fragment) offensive, ring, save for incongruencies and/or omissions, so I just state what's on my mind, neither as a high-above-all snide remark, nor as something for my own personal enjoyment. I just try to fill in the voids as quietly as possible.

And if it needs to be said, no, I do not find Jesus jokes offensive; I don't find Muhammad jokes offensive; I do not find Obama or Tom & Jerry or Mark Twain jokes offensive either, if you were randomly wondering. What bugs me is that I might be promoted to pitch in with the shenanigans even though it can be contradictory to the morals and ideals held by others. So, unless you are building some hypothetical story around me, though, with no real merit as to why and how it is actually relevant to what I've put forth, then do I find it somewhat compulsory to call out a bit.


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A flammable eyesore with a metal frame, no grounding, high above everything around it.

What did they expect to happen?
Well, it's not first time a Jesus icon has been struck by lightning, and I doubt it shall be the last.

exemplified below:
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This amazing picture taken of the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro puts a new meaning to the phrase 'touched by the hand of God.'

The 130-foot-tall statue which is located on the peak of the Corcovado Mountain, was stuck by lightening during a storm in the Brazilian city displaying this divinely electric image.

Named one of the modern Wonders of the World in 2007, the statue which is the largest one of Christ and can be seen for miles appeared unscathed from the miraculous bolt.


{ Photo was taken during a lightning storm in Rio de Janeiro on February 10, 2008. }


[metro.] + [DailyMail.]
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:13 PM   #32 (permalink)
 
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I get it.
You care about offending or hurting peoples sensitivities.

Cool.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:44 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I think he kinda looks like Johnny 5 from Short Circuit, actually.
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:17 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I'm calling him Terminator Jesus right now. I rode by him this morning on my bike, and Solid Rock already has their huge scrolling sign saying "He'll be Back" on it.

Personally, I've questioned their decision to build Big Butter Jesus since it was built in 2004. They apparently spent $250k on the monstrosity, $250k that really could have been much better spent in the community.

I heard that the cross on their huge sign got struck by lightning a few years ago, too.

Guess that "no graven images" thing is finally being enforced?
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:41 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:43 PM   #36 (permalink)
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This totally makes me think of this clip:

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Old 06-15-2010, 03:59 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Funny, Plan9. I think Jesus would have liked that more than the ugly statue, & agreed with PonyPotato that the money could be better-spent.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:02 PM   #38 (permalink)
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STOP KILLING JUDAS.

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And I think $250,000 could have easily purchased a T800.

Something the whole congregation can enjoy, ya know.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:08 PM   #39 (permalink)
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OK. That clip is pure awesome.

For my money, I say Touchdown Jesus is toast because Thor is sick of this Christian bullshit and he's not gonna take it anymore.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:00 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning during filming of Passion. Coincidence? Hmmm....
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