Lightning Burns Up Six-Story Jesus Statue in Ohio (Video)

Lightning Strikes Jesus StatueAct of God? Can you believe this statue was nicknamed “Touchdown Jesus”? Man, God is a tough quarterback … Reports the AP:

A six-story statue of Jesus Christ was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, leaving only a blackened steel skeleton and pieces of foam that were scooped up by curious onlookers Tuesday.

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.

The sculpture, about 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed “Touchdown Jesus” because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained Tuesday.

The nickname is the same used for a famous mural of the resurrected Jesus that overlooks the Notre Dame football stadium.

The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said.

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14 Comments on "Lightning Burns Up Six-Story Jesus Statue in Ohio (Video)"

  1. lightning? maybe god did it.

  2. Deegrl1986 | Jun 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm |

    This was very interesting when I found out about this. Very interesting.

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  3. the people interviewed at the end were funny. Why would they be so shaken up? I thought the bible frowned on idolatry? Guess no one told them.

  4. dumbsaint | Jun 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm |

    That's what the mighty Thor thinks of thy boring mythology.

    • Obviously we need to appease the vengeful fire god.
      Perhaps we could have a mass day of worship where everyone takes some tacky statue of jesus or buddha or elvis along to some local bonfire and we can toss them on and pray for eternal forgiveness of our sins ?

  5. God hates crappy sculpture.

    And the fact that these douchebags spent $250,000 on that tripe instead of going out and feeding the poor like Ja-HEE-sus told them to do.

  6. Oneloveinus | Jun 16, 2010 at 5:36 am |

    The locals actually call/called it “Butter Jesus.”

  7. Christina Ward | Jun 16, 2010 at 7:37 am |

    From a friend in Cincy: “Our (in)famous highway landmark, Touchdown Jesus/Giant Butter Jesus, was struck by lightning last night and burned to the ground. Oddly enough, the ginormous Hustler sign across the street remained miraculously untouched by the wrath of the higher powers.”

  8. Tuna Ghost | Jun 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm |

    Strangely, there was no “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana playing in the backround, as one would have expected. There really is no better time to play that song than when a six story Christ is burning, in my own humble opinion.


  10. E.B. Wolf | Jun 17, 2010 at 10:15 am |

    Jesus must have seriously pissed off Zeus.

  11. GoodDoktorBad | Jun 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

    This is just a testing of “space solar -beam me down some energy Scotty” technology……oooops we missed!!

    ….either that or the “quickening” is a bitch….

  12. OH visitor | Jun 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm |

    Perhaps it was a political sign …. but for which side? I can hardly wait to see the political adds this summer

  13. OH visitor | Jun 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

    Perhaps it was a political sign …. but for which side? I can hardly wait to see the political adds this summer

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