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Old June 15th, 2010, 08:42 AM   #1
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MONROE, Ohio A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

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 lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police dispatchers said.

The sculpture, 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 his arms were raised, as though reaching out to catch a football. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.

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. The fire department would release a monetary damage estimate Tuesday, he said.

Travelers on Interstate 75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it. So many people stopped at the church campus that church officials had to build a walkway to accommodate them.

The 4,000-member, nondenominational church was founded by former horse trader Lawrence Bishop and his wife. Bishop said in 2004 he was trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. He said his wife proposed the Jesus figure as a beacon of hope and salvation and they spent about $250,000 to finance it.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 08:44 AM   #2
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I always thought of it as "big butter Jesus" after I heard that comedian...
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Old June 15th, 2010, 08:56 AM   #3
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Old June 15th, 2010, 09:10 AM   #4
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hahahahha.

I can't wait to see it, I'll be driving by there in a few days
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Old June 15th, 2010, 09:15 AM   #5
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hahahahha.

I can't wait to see it, I'll be driving by there in a few days
post pics when you go by!
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Message received. Immediately convert investment portfolio to gasoline, bottled water, and ammunition.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 09:27 AM   #7
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Touchdown Jesus! I love it. I'd never heard him referred to as that but I can definitely understand why!
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some after shots

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i always thought it looked like Charlie Manson.
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Funny very funny may he rest in pieces
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Old June 15th, 2010, 11:57 AM   #12
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Ive always wondered why Jesus is in the water instead of ontop of it.

I also dont like the idea of a church having that much money. Id easily bet the priest drives a very nice car.
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Is that Mary's face in the flames... or is it Satan?
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hahahahha.

I can't wait to see it, I'll be driving by there in a few days
Despite the fire damage, the burnt out shell of the statute is still a huge draw to passer-bys. Police are reportedly ticketing drivers slowing on I-75 to take a look.

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$250,000 , dang that is one expensive Jesus.
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Ive always wondered why Jesus is in the water instead of ontop of it.

I also dont like the idea of a church having that much money. Id easily bet the priest drives a very nice car.
Whats wrong with the people of that church giving money to help with programs to support the less fortunate of the community and abroad? Besides there are approx. 4000 members that attend. They probably help alot of people. He is called Pastor Bishop (not a priest, thats catholic)and he probably does drive a nice car and he probably works 80 to a hundred hours a week as the pastor of my church. They have a demanding job, working around the clock non stop.

Besides its a lighting rod waiting to get struck by lighting, anything 60 some feet in the air is bound to get hit sooner or later.
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Wait a minute, isn't "god" known to strike down false idols with lightning? hmmmmm
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