The Christian right is constantly telling us that this or that natural weather or seismic event is a message from God (a message that always coincides with whatever they hate, usually gay people). So how are they going to explain the fact that lightning has struck and damaged the world’s largest statue of Jesus — again?
Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain.
Its right hand had been damaged sometime ago, but the finger finally broke off in a storm late Thursday.
“They say lightning does not strike the same spot twice. But with the Christ it does,” the priest said on Friday.
A lightning rod and other equipment are in place “to protect the image,” but they do not always do the trick, he said.
And remember a few years ago when lightning burned down the Touchdown Jesus statue in Cincinnati. Now, a reasonable person would simply attribute this to the routine operation of nature. But since Pat Robertson and the Christian right are forever declaring other routine natural events as God sending a message, they don’t have that option. God has clearly declared war on Jesus.