Jesus Got Hit By Lightning
Some people were scooping up pieces of the statue's foam from the nearby pond to take home with them. Travelers on I-75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it.
"It will be back, but this time we are going to try for something fireproof," co-pastor Darlene Bishop said. The 4,000-member, nondenominational church was founded by Bishop and her husband, former horse trader Lawrence Bishop. He said in 2004 he was trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. (WLWT TV)
One nasty, if darkly clever, comment posted on the message board and quickly removed: “Built by nuts, destroyed by bolts.” Other and more rational people see it as more of an inspirational sight along the highway and it will be rebuilt.
The statue, with its arms raised high as if denoting a touchdown signal, was loosely inspired by “Touchdown Jesus” on the library of Notre Dame University, right in line with the football stadium. Whether deliberate or not, ND’s “TJ” looks pretty good and may inspire either of the teams.