Touchdown Jesus Struck By Lightning

And Jesus said, "WTF, Dad!? Goddammit!"

The pose of the huge statue looked like a ref calling a touchdown, hence the name.

Here is the AP story:

MONROE, Ohio — Police say a six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a southwest Ohio highway has been struck by lightning in a thunderstorm and has burned to the ground.

The "King of Kings" statue had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.

Monroe police dispatchers say the lightning strike set the statue ablaze late Monday night.

The sculpture showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way his arms were raised. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remains.

Police Chief Mark Neu (noo) says the fire spread to an amphitheater next to the statue but was confined to the attic area. He says no one was injured.

So is this  proof of a god that didn't like the statue because it was hideous? Or is it proof there is no god at all? Nah, it's just a hilarious coincidence, of course. :P

Here's a video:


  1. Is Jesus making a touchdown or drowning? He looks (well, looked) kinda panicky.

  2. Football loving Touchdown Jesus disrespected the sabbath for the last time. Dad told him to keep it holy!

  3. I disagree that it's a coincidence.
    This is what you should expect to happen when you stick a 60 foot metal pole in the air and cover it in styrofoam.

  4. You're right, Edward. I meant it's not a coincidence that a Jesus statue was struck by lightning. But the fact that a metal based 62 foot statue was struck is quite probable.

  5. I saw someone else refer to this as Platoon Jesus, which I think is even more accurate. LOL!
    He does look like he's being gunned down in the back, doesn't he? My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?!

  6. I guess Dad/God doesn't like the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, huh?

  7. Maybe Thor was so excited about his new movie he decided to show everyone he was the alpha dog. He did so by throwing a lightning to the biggest Jesus in the US.

    The other hypothesis is that an atheist used science and flew a kite near the statue, a la Benjamin Franklin. Whatever it is, you either have another deity or science kicking Jesus' ass.

  8. LOL, Diego!
    Or, of course, it's just that the statue was made in such a way that it was eventually inevitable that lightning would strike it if it ever got close enough. Which it did!