Man Has Spent 26 Years Dragging 12-Foot Crucifix Around The World

An apt metaphor for the pointlessness of religion? Via the Daily Mail:

A determined Christian evangelist has demonstrated his devotion to his faith by carrying a huge cross for thousands of miles across the globe for the past 26 years.

Lindsay Hamon, 60, has trekked through 19 countries including India, New Zealand, Romania and Sri Lanka during his remarkable journey. And despite being thrown out of St Peter’s Square, in Rome, and being shot at in Bangladesh, he remains resolute and has no plans to give up on his mission.

Mr. Hamon carries the huge cross for up to 12 hours a day, and often has no idea where he will sleep that night. He [began] in 1987 and has only spent a handful of weeks without it. Mr. Hamon receives donations from supporters to help him stay on the road, but he stops to carry out carework in his home town in order to pay his family’s bills.

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  • Eric_D_Read

    So all he has to do is drag that thing around and people donate money to help keep him fed and clothed while he gets to travel the world?
    Sounds like it beats the hell out of sitting in a cubicle for 40 years. You even get a good workout out of the deal.

    • http://wildernessvagabonds.com/ Mike Lewinski
      • Eric_D_Read

        True.
        But if you’re looking for donations to fund your quest, christians are such easy marks.

        • kowalityjesus

          c’est vrai, but would rather risk funding a phony christian than not funding a saint

          • Eric_D_Read

            Or not funding Jesus when he comes back. If there’s one thing the messiah’s gonna need when he returns, it’s a boatload of your money.

          • kowalityjesus

            That is a notion I had not considered before. It seems like I will not need money after he returns, though.

      • kowalityjesus

        anybody else think that guy totally looks like ted heistman? http://cheezburger.com/7115107328

      • kowalityjesus

        anybody else think that guy totally looks like ted heistman? http://cheezburger.com/7115107328

    • Matt Staggs

      Cross-training?

      • Eric_D_Read

        Sounds like a good late night infomercial idea. Christians get fat too.

      • Eric_D_Read

        Sounds like a good late night infomercial idea. Christians get fat too.

  • Sir Legendhead

    The Force of Will he shows in doing such a thing is truly admirable. Even as someone who doesn’t spend very much time tuned in to the Jesus channel, I gotta say that’s pretty gosh darn impressive.

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      Don’t say “gosh darned” or you will go to Heck

    • Hadrian999

      you should see what they do in the Philippines on good friday

      • Calypso_1

        Or the Shiites on the Holy day of Ashoura.

      • Calypso_1

        Or the Shiites on the Holy day of Ashoura.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    He actually wheels it along. The cross kept getting shorter from being dragged, so He put a wheel on it to save wood. Hey, if that’s how he rolls more power to him!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

      A castered cross???

    • Anarchy Pony

      Has a wheel; is doin’ it wrong.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Has a wheel; is doin’ it wrong.

    • BrianApocalypse

      They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to
      the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew,
      Golgotha. And lo, did his wheels squeak with anguish.

    • BrianApocalypse

      They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to
      the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew,
      Golgotha. And lo, did his wheels squeak with anguish.

  • domdom

    JESUS CHRIST!

  • saint_al

    If it was declared ‘performance art’, he’d have fewer scoffers. Hell, Jesus didn’t drag one that far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.c.pickard Matthew C Pickard

    By carrying a cross around for 26 years, this man has definitely suffered way more than Jesus did. All Jesus got to do was die in 3 or 5 hours, and go to heaven and be a god since he was a god anyway.

  • Hadrian999
  • echar

    If someone were to carry around a cauldron everywhere they went, you better believe they would eventually end up in a mental hospital. And rightly so.

  • eric82

    That guy must have a big ol’ bitch of a wife if that’s what he’s willing to do to get outta the house.

  • eric82

    That guy must have a big ol’ bitch of a wife if that’s what he’s willing to do to get outta the house.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prustage Phil Rustage

    There is nothing brave courageous or admirable about this – just look-at-me self indulgence. If he had spent half this much effort truly helping the poor, sick, ignorant and oppressed of this world then it would have been different. As it is, the truly horrifying thing about this is that a) he is allowed to vote and b) he is allowed to breed.

    • jnana

      A) you’s ignant yerself
      b) amazing people as unoriginal as yerself are the majority to vote and breed, hence the sad state of modern culture

  • BuzzCoastin

    he’s been dragging that around for 26 years & still no crucifixion?
    Jesus! always the bridesmaid, never the bride of Christ?

  • BuzzCoastin

    he’s been dragging that around for 26 years & still no crucifixion?
    Jesus! always the bridesmaid, never the bride of Christ?

    • kowalityjesus

      mystified by your comment…care to give a hint?

    • kowalityjesus

      mystified by your comment…care to give a hint?

      • BuzzCoastin

        just playin’ with the lingo of concepts
        through the juxtaposition of incongruent thoughts

      • BuzzCoastin

        just playin’ with the lingo of concepts
        through the juxtaposition of incongruent thoughts

        • Calypso_1

          Congruent in that its difference is divisible by its modulus. Perhaps a parabolic permutation even.

  • marvin nubwaxer

    waste of time.

  • Anarchy Pony

    You know, now that I think back on it, I think I saw him passing through Reedsport Oregon, a couple years ago. Him or a copycat.

  • kowalityjesus

    truly a modern-day Francis. heaven he shall taste

    • jnana

      Seriously?
      you have to admit, this is a bit too contrived, more of a performance art piece than an act of spiritual devotion!
      why don’t he just wear a hair shirt and sleep on a bed of nails?
      what does self-torture really achieve?

      • Calypso_1

        Indeed, many a faith has offered a place for fakirs.

    • Calypso_1

      Where is his wolf?

  • bobbiethejean

    Didn’t Jesus himself say you’re not supposed to do things like this? “The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.”

  • bobbiethejean

    Didn’t Jesus himself say you’re not supposed to do things like this? “The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.”

    • Andrew

      Modern Christianity isn’t so much about doing what Jesus said or following his example as it is about name checking him to get into his dad’s club.

      • bobbiethejean

        Cognitive dissonance reigns.

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    Arthur Blessitt has carried a 12 foot cross in every nation on earth too.
    We need to get these two guys together!