Okay, so it’s not the baby Jesus. It’s not even the adult Jesus. Rather, it’s a statue of Jesus that a Greek Orthodox church claims has been weeping since Alexis Tsipras was elected to lead that nation by voters a few weeks ago. Of course, people are flocking to the church to worship.
A religious icon of Jesus Christ in a small village in Greece has been “weeping” ever since the anti-austerity party Syriza won the Greek elections at the end of January, witnesses say.
According to Corinth TV and the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, the icon, which dates from early last century and is housed in the church of St. Nicholas in the village of Asprokampos, Corinthia, has been secreting an oily liquid since the left-wing party leader Alexis Tsipras, stormed to power on January 26th.
On Monday, the Bishop of Corinth visited the church and crowds have been flocking there all week, local media reports. Some villagers have taken to guarding the church to ensure that nobody removes the icon or tries to take a sample of the ‘tears’. A senior church official has expressed his desire for scientists and Greek Orthodox superiors to investigate the occurrence.
Many Greeks have dismissed the news story as little more than a joke. The Greek investigative journalist, Yiannis Baboulias, told Newsweek, “The weeping icon is an urban legend that resurfaces every now and again in Greece. Stories like this happen all the time, and this one is really funny.”
Coincidentally, I have a statue of Charles Darwin that has been giggling ever since the state of Kentucky pulled its tax credits from Ken Ham’s theme park celebrating the worst mass genocide in world history. I think it’s a miracle. If you want to come see it, admission is $10.