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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 04:32 PM
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Lightning and "Touchdown Jesus," AKA the Wrath of Gawdy
My fellow Americans in this group have likely already heard about the lightning strike that burned the 62-foot statue of Jesus to the ground near Dayton, Ohio. Good riddance, I say, because such a tacky and overwrought icon can't possibly be anything but a crime against good taste and sensibility.

To his credit, the spokespriest for the church (I believe that his name, in fact, is Father Bishop) is reluctant to read anything into it. Several of the churchgoers interviewed by NPR, however, see something more supernatural at work.

The first was a woman who described a conversation with her boyfriend in which she expressed her awe at God's ability to wield lightning, etc. And when she woke up this morning, the statue had been destroyed.

The second was a guy who saw this as proof that Jesus is "still sacrificing himself to protect the church," by which he means that The Son acted as a divine lightning rod, channeling his Father's power right into the ground. Of course, the statue itself cost about a $250K to build in the first place, and total damages (including fire damage to a neighboring building) will top $1.5M, but I guess that's okay, because Jesus protected something. Or something.

So the destruction of the statue is a two-fold proof of God's power, since it shows that He can throw lightning bolts as well as any Olympian and He'll throw His divine self in the path of the strike to protect His church.


I wonder what that guy would have said if an atheist monument (whatever that might be) had been struck instead...
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EvolveOrConvolve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 06:30 PM
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1. I actually heard someone say
something along the lines of "God is expressing his displeasure at the recent changes in college football" - and they were serious. WTF? :shrug:

BTW, I love your siggie line. :)
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-10 12:10 AM
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3. displeasure?
God should be pleased; these changes have been long coming ;)
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 08:31 PM
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2. I'm waiting for it
To be blamed on atheists! Or, since it's in SW Ohio, for the Sin of electing a black man..
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-10 12:11 AM
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4. I usually
include SW Ohio as part of Kentucky... We call it Cintucky for a reason
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-22-10 12:08 PM
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5. If you haven't, yet
check out this site... lots of really good photoshops about TDJ

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Flipper999 Donating Member (185 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:26 AM
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6. "As well as any Olympian"?!
Why does everyone assume that this was Yahweh's doing? Lightning bolts are Zeus's MO!

Here Zeus is trying to get a teaspoon of attention by frying touchdown Jesus, and everyone just gives credit to Jesus's angry father.

*Sigh* It's hard out here for an Olympian.
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