And so on an early summer evening, the Tackiest of Tackies did continue to watch over Drug Alley, ever vigilant and blind, as thunderheads approached.
For all hath seen the depth and breadth of the local public's outrage and embarrassment over the spectacle of the giant Idol set before the church, and it was not good.
Then did the people laugh and jeer at the monstrous lawn ornament of the Solid Rock Church, even from afar and atop the hills of Hollywood!
Yea, though it was highly criticized, the pride of the church did prevail, and they did further enhance the Idol with a new coat of paint, and it was not any better,
for this, too, was not really inexpensive.
So as the evening stretched into night, the blustering thunderheads did cover the land, and did send a shaft of lightening to erase the sanctimonious and sacrilegious display!
As the article says, the statue has been there for six years. In a recent post, Jesus Gets a Facelift, I gave a basic rundown of the history of the Big Butter Jesus statue (locally known as Touchdown Jesus, because of the position of his arms.) First, the Solid Rock Church spent months collecting funds "to aid the poor." Then, they built this huge monstrosity on the church's front lawn. There was local outrage, but so far as I know, never an investigation. The statue has earned national ridicule, been the subject of a hilarious parody, and even earned mention by Jay Leno.
Last night at about eleven, it was struck by lightening. Made of highly flammable materials, it was totally incinerated. All that is left, as the article states, is "a heap of mangled steel."
Was the lightening a sign from God? There's really no way to answer that, but I wouldn't suggest building another idol in front of the church as a means of finding out!