Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sure-to-Be-Over-Interpreted Local Event

For several years, one of the most frequent search-engine searches leading to SWNID has been an image search for the ginormous Jesus statue at Greater Cincinnati's Solid Rock Church.

Now that image search will assume historical significance. A portentous lightning strike last night ignited the statue, made to last with materials including styrofoam and fiberglass. Today, nothing remains except the steel skeleton. (Click picture for full view: our HTML skilz do not extend to formatting this graphic properly.)

For gentle readers who are also pyros, here's what seems to be the most graphic video of the event:

We refuse to speculate on the significance of this ominous episode, all such speculation sure to follow paths so well worn as to exceed description as hackneyed.

Instead, we offer a prediction: Darlene Bishop, whose surname roughly describes her role as co-pastor of Solid Rock, will begin raising money for a replacement statue, even more outsided and tasteless than the last, immediately.


Rafael said...

My $0.02.

Coincidentally, this story gives me reason to use the phrase "warmly ambiguous" for the second time today (and it's not yet 9.30).

Hensel said...

I think they should leave the steel skeleton there. Much less of an eye sore. Though then Heywood Banks would have less to sing about.

KevinK said...

Sadly SWNID is correct. The Enquirer is reporting that the church plans to rebuild the statue.

Jon A. Alfred E. Michael J. Wile E. SWNID said...

Easiest and surest prediction ever, unfortunately.

On the side, we've become acquainted with some members of Solid Rock Church. They confirm for us the amazing power of the gospel to break through even the thickest coverings of bad taste.

Jon A. Alfred E. Michael J. Wile E. SWNID said...

Probably out of a job: the insurance underwriter who authorized fire coverage for a giant, outdoor styrofoam structure covering a metal skeleton.