In the small town of Monroe, Ohio, laying right on Interstate-75, there was a landmark that had gained worldwide recognition and fame.Â A sixty-foot tall statue of Jesus with his arms raised to the heavens stood on the highway on the property of the charismatic Solid Rock Church.
Since being constructed over a decade ago, this statue, commonly known in the community and worldwide through the internet as 'Touchdown Jesus', has gathered more talk and more visitors than most would think a statue should.Â It has been praised as beautiful.Â It has been ridiculed as a waste of money.Â It has been criticized as a blasphemy.Â It has even been the subject of a song.
Now it's gone.
Monday, June 14, at 11:15 pm, as the southwest region of Ohio experienced terrible thunderstorms, 'Touchdown Jesus' was struck by lightening and burned to its steel frame, leaving nothing more but a faint reminder of the towering image that once graced thousands of cars and passers per day.
Here is the youtube video of some pictures of 'Touchdown Jesus', set to the music of comedian Heywood Banks' 'Big Butter Jesus', as he called it:
Many of the pictures are taken from the spoof tribute site, www.jeeeb.us.Â I would recommend you check out that site for a more lasting tribute.