…and burns to the ground.

The large Jesus statue iconic to Interstate 75 in Monroe was destroyed following an apparent lightning strike during a thunderstorm.

Motorists were stopped along the highway and along Union Road in Monroe to watch the 62-foot King of Kings statue burn. The fire was reported at 11:15 p.m. Monday, June 14. Within minutes, all that was left was the steel frame of the statue at Solid Rock Church, 904 N. Union Road.

My favorite bit? This:

“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.”


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  • Modern Esquire

    I can't stop laughing about this.

  • mvirenicus

    Yeah, this is great news. The news has been so oppressively bad of late that I desperately needed this laugh. Thanks for posting about this, guys.

  • mvirenicus

    What strikes me most is the quoted comments from the “believers.” Their choice of words would lead one to think they *really* believe the statue is (was) their deity, jesus. Pathetic, but not surprising.

  • modernesquire

    Apparently, Jesus likes porn?

    What's shocking is that they're going to spend $700k to rebuild it rather than for charitable works.

  • mvirenicus

    God loves porn otherwise he wouldn't make so much of it. I've also heard his “scriptures” described as pornography for both its violence and sexual content. It never ends with this guy.

  • Jylppy

    Zeus for the win!

  • mary jo

    Jylppy, you have great wit.

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