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The "Touchdown Jesus," a six-story tall statue (also known as "Big Butter Jesus") outside an Ohio church, was torched by a lightning bolt late Monday night and completely incinerated. In a demonstration of God's keen sense of irony, the "Hollywood Hustler" sign at a nearby porn shop was left unscathed, .

Today, all that remains of the wood and styrofoam statue, formally known as "King of Kings," is the steel framework, which now resembles a bent and twisted field post.

The fire spread to the Solid Rock Church's amphitheater but no one was hurt. Onlookers watched the flames on Monday night and came by to pay their respects on Tuesday.

"God struck God, I like the irony. Jesus struck Jesus," Dawn Smith, 25, told the Dayton Daily News. "I had to see it. What else are you going to do on a Monday night?"

The statue, called the "Touchdown Jesus" for the way its hands were raised in the air, was built in 2004 between the church and a pond to make it look like the massive Jesus was rising from the water, lending it yet another affectionate nickname, "Drowning Jesus." Church founder and former horse trader Lawrence Bishop and his wife paid $250,000 for the statue in an attempt to help people, according to the Associated Press.

A similar incident in 2007 ripped the arm and hand off a Jesus statue at a shrine in Colorado. The nuns at the shrine said the bolt was a freak act of nature and warned people from gleaning any religious significance from it.

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Debbie

what a sshame but I know God has a BIGGER AND BETTER PLAN for OUR tatue...;-)

June 15 2010 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dennis!

Make that "TorchDown Jesus"!

June 15 2010 at 7:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dstack9781

Perhaps God is reminding them that they shouldn't worship anyone but God.

June 15 2010 at 3:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Dawn

The irony of this event still amazes me the morning after the event occurred. I am the Dawn Smith, 25 of Hamilton that was quoted in the article. I have lived in this area my whole life and the irony of this event occurring can be examined on multiple levels.

June 15 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pedluvnky

I wonder if this church had insurance against an Act of God? Wouldn't that be blasphemy? Reminds me of the time years ago when a local church had youth program one Saturday night to have a nearby bonfire and burn "offensive" books and rock records. I saw in the following Monday's paper that the fire caught the grass on fire and the fire department was called. Oh, how I wished it had spread and burned that church to the ground. As the German poet, Heinrich Heine, prophetically said 100 years before the Nazis, "Where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn people."

June 15 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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