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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.


Christus_Ravenna_MosaicAdam Gopnik asks some tough questions about Jesus, “reading and unreading the Gospels,” in the New Yorker:

When we meet Jesus of Nazareth at the beginning of the Gospel of Mark, almost surely the oldest of the four, he’s a full-grown man. He comes down from Galilee, meets John, an ascetic desert hermit who lives on locusts and wild honey, and is baptized by him in the River Jordan. If one thing seems nearly certain to the people who read and study the Gospels for a living, it’s that this really happened: John the Baptizer—as some like to call him, to give a better sense of the original Greek’s flat-footed active form—baptized Jesus. They believe it because it seems so unlikely, so at odds with the idea that Jesus always played the star in his own show: why would anyone have said it if it weren’t true? This curious criterion governs historical criticism of Gospel texts: the more improbable or “difficult” an episode or remark is, the likelier it is to be a true record, on the assumption that you would edit out all the weird stuff if you could, and keep it in only because the tradition is so strong that it can’t plausibly be excluded. If Jesus says something nice, then someone is probably saying it for him; if he says something nasty, then probably he really did…


Jesus, why so long to appear on Google Maps? Was the burned bacon fat in the frying pan coming from a false messenger? More on perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomena…


Since those of you in these gents‘ vicinity might be wide-awake right now, here’s a question for you. What is the chance of the Axis of Awesome going on American TV with this song?

Thanks for the input, Disinfo readers around the globe. My take is I’d never see these guys on American network TV with this song, or basic cable (but they may have a shot on the pay-extra cable networks). Good luck to them…


The JoeBot writes on Confessions of a CyberCasualty: Pt 1: The Death Day of Jesus Christ Millions believe that all of human history hinges on a killing that occurred outside the walls…






Flamboyant British pop icon Elton John is making headlines for a controversial interview in, of all places, Parade, the (usually) boring Sunday newspaper magazine. Some choice samples: “I think Jesus was a…




A man in Santa Maria, California has stoked outrage locally with his lawn display of Jesus shooting Santa Claus with a double-barreled shotgun, to protest the lack of attention paid to Christ at Christmastime. Residents are concerned by the scene’s close proximity to a school bus stop. I think it’s healthy for kids to see Jesus “taking out the trash.”


Christian-themed retailer Boss Creations is “putting the ‘Christ’ back into Christmas.” Putting one of these in the living room is a real conversation-starter…and after the holiday season is over you can hang…




The Daily Mail reports on a hot new way to knock off the pounds: mimicking the diet of Christ. Because the scripture is all about weight loss: Faith-based diets take the principles…



From Lizz Winstead posted on HuffPo: Here what we know: Jesus is in a can Jesus is bleeding There’s now 20% more Jesus. Here’s what we don’t know: How Jesus got in…


From the Guardian: “I am Jesus Christ. It was promised in Israel 2,000 years ago that I would return, that I would come back to finish what was started.” Meet the Messiah…