In the continuing effort to completely disregard the notion of what the United states of America is supposed to stand for we have yet another example of the "faithful" not following their own rules.
Touchdown Jesus has burned down.
The Ohio Daily News-
"The statue was constructed of wood and styrofoam over a steel framework that was anchored in concrete and covered with a fiberglass mat and resin exterior, according to the church. It was slated to undergo renovations this summer. Gathered along Union Road were Franklin twins and storm chasers Levi and Seth Walsh, who said they were out in the thunderstorm when they heard about the fire through a Facebook update. 'It sent goosebumps through my whole body because I am a believer,' said Levi Walsh, 29. 'Of all the things that could have been struck, I just think that that would be protected. ... It’s something that’s not supposed to happen, Jesus burning,' he said. 'I had to see it with my own eyes.' 'I can’t believe Jesus was struck,' said his brother, who noted the giant Hustler Hollywood sign for the adult store across the street was untouched. 'It’s the last thing I expected to happen.'"
Why isn't is supposed to happen? What world does this guy live in? What Christian rule is it that immunizes Christian statuary from nature?
Now, I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention to those nuns as they droned on about the rules and regulations at Positronics, er, Catholic school, but I'm pretty sure they, at one point, and likely several times thereafter, mentioned that there shouldn't be any graven images, or something to that effect.
Well, then I ask you, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?
of course, this notion of Jesus as a bearded long haired white guy are everywhere, there's the Cristo Redemtor in Rio, the Cristo de la Concordia in Bolivia, and of course the Charlie Brown Jesus in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (the story i was told was that the FAA wouldn't let them build it any higher and they stopped there with the head rounded like Charlie Brown and put a red light on top, it's quite the sight.)
And let us not forget the Sister Bertrille Jesus in Indonesia. (Indonesia?!?!)
Last week I got an email from my brother. I always qualify these statements about my brothers faith by saying how much i love my brother, and i do. He's been quite the brother these many centuries and though I think I'm incredibly lucky to have him in my life,(since it wasn't an accident of birth) there's the matter of his faith. The email was a forward from someone he knows at work and she had sent this email to people she knows. It quoted a bible verse 1 kings 8:23, and then said "don't ask questions, just forward to eight good people and TRUST GOD!" and then below that had this symbol (8) eight times. These were said to be money bags and the reader was exhorted to send them to eight good people. I, of course, sent them to the eight most evil people I know.
Point being, do these people actually read what is written in that book they think is so holy? They sure dont' act like they do. I'd swear i read something about money-changers being cast out, and graven images and such.
Besides, how do they know their Jesus was a bearded long haired white guy? He didn't live in a white neighborhood.
I'd also swear that there is mention that we're created in his image, which yet again goes to our assumption of what "God" looks like. With that as the template, and considering where he lived, wouldn't it seem that this is a better notion of their god?
And so it goes: