A humongous statue, 6 stories, of Jesus Christ with his arms lifted to the heavens along a highway in Monroe, Ohio was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.The statue, one of south Ohio's most famous landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the Solid Rock Church on Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.The lightning strike set the statue on fire around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police said.The fire spread from the statue to an nearby theater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. The fire department is to release a monetary damage estimate on Tuesday.The sculpture, 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the bottom. It showed Jesus from the torso up and was sometimes called "Touchdown Jesus" because the arms' position was similar to that of a referee calling a touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, and that's all that remained early Tuesday.Travelers on Interstate 75 often were startled to come upon the large scultpure by the road, 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 cater to them.The 4,000-member evangelical church was founded by a former horse trader, Lawrence Bishop, and his wife. Bishop said in 2004 that he was trying to "help people, not impress them," with the huge 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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now, i aint religious or nothin, bt if i was a god..... i think i might strike down a statue of me that's being mimicked on a website like this just for shits and giggles..... wouldn't you?! although.... richard take note....there's a tshirt there that resembles that bar i told you about that you didn't believe me about........ huh?!
anyways, had a semi busy day at "the office" today, 1 customer rescheduled so got some more painting done for the website and got a tattoo done too, but it's late..... and that's gonna have to wait til 2mollow...laaaaaa
went to go see cats on fire play tonight (wow, try googling that for fun!?!) anyways, thats a whole nother blog about the "scene" and the "scenesters" and the "people-who-i-tend-to-dislike-a-lot-sters" .... real hyphanated word by the way, i hear it's worth like a million in scrabble. my gift to you.