Jesus Statue in Ohio Struck By Lightning; Utterly Destroyed

Either God has poor aim, or the Father and Son had a heck of a fight.



A giant statue of Jesus outside a church in Ohio in the US has been destroyed by lightning.

The glass fibre and plastic foam sculpture caught fire and burned to the ground in what insurance companies have described as an act of God.

Do you think the church learned the clear lesson that God hates statues of Jesus? That making statues are an abomination and should be made illegal?

I have my doubts. I bet they’ll just call it the Devil’s work and rebuild it bigger than ever.

I bet they’ll claim it on their insurance as an “act of god”, though…

Update: Yes, this is old news, but it’s still funny!

[via: cnn, bbc]

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  • superaction80

    Something about graven images? This church is north of Cincinnati and can be seen right off I-75 on your way to Dayton. It has earned some lovely nicknames over the years, including “touchdown Jesus” and “big butter Jesus”. It inspired a wonderful song by Heywood Banks. “King of Kings” was the official title of the statue, and the church is having a new work built in its place, so they’ve obviously learned nothing.

  • Kmb

    This is (was) about 10 minutes from where I grew up. Rumor has it that as soon as this happened, money started flooding in from supporters to rebuild it. If that’s true (which i wouldn’t doubt), I say can’t Christians find a better and more humanitarian and humble use for their money? Feeding the poor perhaps?

    I have to say though I got a good laugh out of this event!

    Great blog by the way!!
    Ohioan atheist

    • JK

      Nah, feeding the hungry is not really important, but handing out bibles to them is… (as some theist @*#! did in Haiti for example).

      It seems the temples of the religious are more important than other things.

  • superaction80

    The new statue is called “Lux Mundi,” and is supposedly being paid for completely with insurance dollars. The new steel frame is up now.

  • Ender

    Proof, if proof be need be, that Zeus is real.

    • UrsaMinor

      That was Thor’s work, you heretic!

      • Sunny Ng

        Oh no, don’t you guys start stealing credit for Nylonathatep’s work.

        • Hyaena

          It’s *Nyarlathotep*, you silly person. But it wouldn’t be him, that’s more of a Hastur thing.

      • Bloody

        I bet on Zeus! Eh… Asatru people…

        • phalanx13

          It be Thor protecting Midgard form the scourge of christianity!

    • Stephanie

      I wouldn’t count out Mother Kali, may her name be blessed.

  • Robster

    Hmmm, looks like Transformer jesus was lurking there all along. Perhaps they could play on this and have a jesus that transforms into a Camaro. That would get them in.

  • MaryLynne

    Every time I passed this I thought (or said out loud to the eventual annoyance of my family) “Help, I’m melllllllting!”

    My daughter was going to Camp Quest (summer camp for children of atheists, agnostics and skeptics) right up the road the week this happened. A few counselors hopped in a car and took a short road trip and got souviners, so my daughter now has a melted chunk of styrofoam that was once Jesus.

  • Hallowed

    that monstrous statue was destroyed because it was a major insult towards aesthetics, art and good taste. Period.

  • wayne

    Surprised the insurance company paid off. After all, this was an ‘act of God’

  • jfk

    why would you say that?!?!?!?!

  • K. Stewart

    Allah is Greatest, Allah is Able to do all things.

  • Farouk Salhab

    Thank you allah :D